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Hurricanes Place Cam Ward on LTIR to Create Much Needed Cap Space

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Those of you who have been following Canes Country closely might be wondering about the Hurricanes' tight cap space and their growing number of injuries.  Following up on an article we posted here last week, the club has serious salary cap issues and they are making adjustments now.

The Hurricanes are currently not able to ice a full 20 man roster for tomorrow night since a number players are still injured.  Carolina management has decided to put Cam Ward on Long Term Injured Reserve, which gives them some salary cap flexibility so that they can recall more players from Albany.

Paul Branecky writes about the problem and possible solutions in his most recent article

Tim Conboy became a cap casualty on Wednesday, as he was assigned to Albany of the American Hockey League to provide space for the recall of goaltender Justin Peters.

And there are more moves to come:

Similar transactions are on the way.  According to Rutherford, Joni Pitkanen and Eric Staal are not due back until next week, and Scott Walker is out for at least two more weeks. Michael Leighton is week-to-week after an already-existent groin strain worsened in Montreal, with Rutherford still unsure if the team will play Legace exclusively or try to work Peters into the lineup.

Cam Ward's projected return date is December 5, which allows the team to make this move.

Look for the GM to discuss this more when he speaks on 99.9 The Fan at 3:25 this afternoon.