Fantasy Grapevine - Week 12
December, 18, 2013
By Victoria Matiash | ESPN.com
Sergei Belski/USA TODAY SportsJustin Peters sports a 2.16 goals-against average and .929 save percentage this season.If the rumblings prove correct, goalie Justin Peters may have a new NHL home address in the very near future. And the subsequent fantasy fallout for the acting top dog with the Carolina Hurricanes holds promise.
Peters has gone above and beyond in relief of Cam Ward and original backup Anton Khudobin since early November. But, despite his post-injury struggles, Ward remains the No. 1 overall in Carolina, and Khudobin is nearly set to return from a lower-body injury. Soon enough, the Hurricanes will have three netminders serving at the NHL level. That's one too many, by conventional big league arithmetic. And the Hurricanes have reportedly told Peters they won't expose him to waivers (he'd be snatched up by another club, guaranteed), which rules out immediate demotion to the AHL. Putting those pieces together, we're left with a jigsaw that spells out T-R-A-D-E. But who gets moved? Not Ward, according to Elliotte Friedman of CBC:
"Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford threw cold water on rumblings that Cam Ward might be the goalie he moves. Rutherford wouldn't comment further, but it is believed he will work to move either Anton Khudobin or Justin Peters by this week's trade freeze."