When Will the Carolina Hurricanes Get a REAL Goalie?

November 15th, 2009 by Aaron Tom Leave a reply »
I do not follow the Carolina Hurricanes on a regular basis, but I have caught them a few times during their epic 14-game losing streak (which was finally snapped today against Minnesota), and based upon what I've seen, there's a goaltending change necessary in "'Cane Country."

Now, I'm sure that goaltending is not the only issue in Carolina, but it's a big one, especially now that Cam Ward is out indefinitely with a lacerated leg.  Not that Ward was very good when he was the starter, and he certainly was a part of the first half of their horrible string of losses, but the problem is that as bad as Cam Ward has been, Michael Leighton is even worse.

I don't know if it's just for this season, as he appeared to be pretty solid in net the only time I saw him last year, as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in a game against Detroit, but Leighton has looked absolutely terrible with Carolina.  Maybe the losing streak is a big part of it—it's certainly hard to gain confidence in yourself, and your team, when you can't win hockey games. 

But just watching him against the Wild, I really noticed just how shaky he was; more than a couple times he got down in th ...

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