The Hurricanes have a decision to make concerning their backup goaltending. Only part of their plan for 2011-12 went to form.
They brought in veteran goalie Brian Boucher to back up goalie Cam Ward, but Boucher suffered a practice injury a couple of months into the season and missed about three months. He played in 10 games and finished with one victory, which is far from what the team had expected.
The part that went along the anticipated path involved goalie Justin Peters, who was the 2010-11 backup to Ward. But the Hurricanes couldn't afford to stunt Peters' development by sticking him behind Ward and serving as a spectator on most nights, so he spent most of the season in the AHL with Charlotte. Peters did well during a stint with the Hurricanes, but more importantly he gained the in-net experience with Charlotte and demonstrated many good aspects.
"He did what we wanted him to do this year," general manager Jim Rutherford said of Peters. "So he gets in...