By now you should be well aware of the Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper woes from last season. When Corey Crawford was put on IR at Christmas 2017 for the remainder of the season the Blackhawks quickly fell out of playoff contention and into one of their worst seasons in history.
Fast forward to the off season and the Blackhawks wasted no time in securing the signature of Carolina Hurricanes all-time leader in wins and shutouts, Cam Ward on a one year deal.
The 34-year old veteran shotstopper finished last season with a record of 23-14-4 holding a 2.73 GAA, a .906 save percentage and 2 shutouts in 43 games (42 starts).
The Hurricanes selected Ward in the first round of the 2002 NHL draft (25th overall) and in his 668 games (654 starts) he has amassed some impressive numbers. He is 318-244-84 with a 2.70 GAA, .909 save percentage and has 27 shutouts to his name.
As a rookie, Ward took home the Conn Smthye Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by having a record of 15-8 with a 2.14 GAA and a .920 save percentage along with 2 shutouts as Carolina beat Edmonton in seven games in the final.
Chicago are hoping to be prepared for the worst this season as they rebuild form their embarrassing 2017-2018 campaign, they have also secured the services of Chris Kunitz and Brandon Manning.