Chip Alexander recently posted a short article on Canes Now regarding the goalie situation for the Carolina Hurricanes. Jim Rutherford has to make a tough decision this summer. The team needs a backup for Cam Ward next season and a choice has to be made between Manny Legace and Justin Peters.
Both goalies have performed very well over the past month while Ward has been resting a wonky back. Legace is the experienced veteran who has been around the block. He brings an outgoing personality with him in the dressing room as well as during practice. The 37 year old is a free agent this summer.
At 23 years old, Peters has much less experience and is a bit more quiet, but he has great size and a ton of potential. He's been playing at the AHL level now for three years. The youngster is an RFA this summer and will remain property of the Hurricanes.
Last night on 99.9 The Fan's Aftermath, John Forslund and Mike Maniscalco were discussing this same topic and Forslund said that he felt it might be good to bring both goalies back again in training camp and let them fight it out for a job. He feels that players usually perform better if they are pushed.
If Legace does not get another offer, perhaps he would come in as a tryout?
|2009 - Manny Legace||25||1323||10||6||60||2.72||656||596||.909||1|
|2009 - Justin Peters||9||488||6||3||23||2.83||241||218||.905||0|
And let's not forget newly acquired Justin Pogge.
You make the call. Who would you choose and why?