Ward, 34, has spent his entire career with the Hurricanes. As a rookie in 2006, he won the Conn Smythe trophy as playoff MVP while leading the team to its first Stanley Cup. But Ward hasn’t been able to replicate the success since, and last season the Hurricanes brought in Scott Darling to be the team’s new starter.
In 2017-8, Ward posted a 32-14-4 record in 43 games with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.
July 1, 2018