Plenty of rumors have swirled over the futures star forwards Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner lately, after TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported last month that both players could be in play this off-season.
TFP reported earlier in the season that a few teams, including the Toronto Maple Leafs, inquired about Skinner.
While deals involving either of those two players might not occur, the Hurricanes appear ready to move Ward, who has a no-trade clause and will have a say in where he ends up.
The Hurricanes held talks with a few teams this season about moving Ward, who is open to a change of scenery, a league source close to the situation told TFP earlier this season.
Ward, 30, has two-years left on his contract that will see him earn $6.7 million next season and $6.8 million in 2015-16. His annual salary cap hit is $6.3 million.
With netminder Anton Khudobin locked up to a two-year extension, Ward's availability is much clearer. What the Hurricanes decide to do with Staal and Skinner will determine what they will be asking for in exchange for Ward.