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Ward signs Two-Year Contract with Hurricanes

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RALEIGH, N.C.-Ten years ago, then-rookie goalie Cam Ward helped backstop the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup. It’s been a rough ride for the team since, but today we learned that Ward is still part of their plans going forward.

Ward signed a two-year contract with the Hurricanes, avoiding free agency, the team announced on Thursday.

The 32-year-old net minder had a fairly good 2015-16 season, going 23-17-10 with a 2.41 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and one shutout in 52 games.

Overall, Ward, who has spent his entire 11-year career with Carolina, is 269-208-68 with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and 23 shutouts in 564 regular-season games.

Despite having been in the playoffs only twice in his career, the 2006 Conn Smythe winner has a pretty good playoff record, going 23-18-4 with a 2.38 GAA, .917 SV%, and four shutouts in 41 playoff games.

As mentioned earlier, the new contract helps the Saskatchewan native avoid going into free agency on July 1.

Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis was pleased when speaking to the media today about Ward’s signing, saying, “Cam has been a major face of the Hurricanes both on the ice and in our community for more than a decade. We are happy he has chosen to continue his career in Carolina.”

Ward will be one of the veterans looked to to help lead a young Hurricanes team back to the postseason, somewhere they haven’t been since 2009. Carolina finished 10 points out of the last Wild Card spot this past season.

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