A stormy weekend in Carolina, Legace to the rescue.
With identical 3-2 losses against the Maple Leafs on Friday and the Blue Jackets on Saturday, the Carolina Hurricanes now have lost their last 12 games in a row, recording a mere three points during that losing stretch.
The Hurricanes are now dead last in the Eastern Conference with seven points in 16 games, four points back from the Panthers and the Maple Leafs. The Canes have scored a dismal 32 goals and allowed an astounding 59 goals during those 16 games.
Paul Maurice’s system, whose been quite effective last season after his nomination, has not worked this year, especially on the road where the Hurricanes are still winless.
To add to their misfortune, Carolina lost their franchise player Eric Staal went down with an upper body injury, halting his streak of consecutive games played to 349, second in franchise history to Dave Tippett’s 419 games. Staal will miss 3-4 weeks of action as a result.
The Hurricanes’ latest misadventure led to a injury to their all-star starting goaltender Cam Ward, who suffered a left thight laceration during Saturday’s contest. Ward will likely miss 3-4 weeks of action as well, as a result of the injury.
This morning, the Canes announced the signature of free-agent goaltender Manny Legace to a one-year two-way contract to make up for Ward’s injury. Legace will be in practice today in Raleigh. Legace was playing with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL this season.
Legace, 36, played 337 games during his NHL career with the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis Blues. Legace will share goaltending duties with Michael Leighton during Cam Ward’s absence.
The depleted Hurricanes will next face the Los Angeles Kings at home on Wednesday.