In the hierarchy of the NHL's starting goaltenders, where does Cam Ward fit? Well, for those who live by the theory of "what have you done for me lately," probably not very high.
But to those who so heavily base their opinion on recent results rather than contributing factors, I pose a query. Can you name more than a few players (other than Ward) from last year's Carolina Hurricanes? It's okay, I'll wait.
Alright, time's up. If you got more than Ward, Eric Staal, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk, congratulations. After taking your blindfold off, and a quick Google search, it doesn't take a genius to realize that Carolina was in shambles in 2011-12. But seven months later, general manager Jim Rutherford may have pieced together a well-balanced roster that might make you reconsider your thoughts on them and their franchise goaltender.
Rutherford's signing of Alexander Semin, the (don't say enigmatic, don't say enigmatic...) perplexing, ex-communicated Capitals winge...