Welcome Cam Ward to the trade rumor mill

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A couple of tweets has the interwebs buzzing about a possible trade involving Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward:

Ward is currently on injured reserve with a lower-body ailment. The 29-year-old former Conn Smythe Trophy winner has struggled this season (6-7-5, .895 save percentage); however, his career .910 save percentage in 450 appearances could garner some interest.

Signed through 2015-16, Ward’s contract is big in terms of salary and cap hit — per CapGeek, his hit ranks fifth among all NHL goalies — but small in remaining term.

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There’s also the matter of Carolina’s two other goalies, Anton Khudobin and Justin Peters, being pending unrestricted free agents.

Related: Will Khudobin or Peters be traded?