For a goalie of Cam Ward's stature, there have been some uncomfortable moments this season.
Mostly, they have come in terms of Ward's having to fight for his starts something the 29-year-old has not had to do since his rookie season of 2005-06, when he ultimately led the Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup, winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in the process.
Coach Kirk Muller, who, assuredly, has a strong mandate from management, has not allowed Ward to start games by default, as he might have in the past. This season, Ward's eighth, has proved a rarity in that his back-up Dan Ellis frankly has outplayed him to this point.
Now, with the announcement by the Hurricanes on Monday that Ward will miss the next six to eight weeks possibly the remainder of the regular season with a third-degree sprain of his MCL in his left knee, that point is moot.
The task of keeping the 'Canes on top in the Southeast Division now falls to Ellis, but this time as a No. 1, which is an...