Goalie Ward hopes to remain with Canes

Canes goalie Cam Ward (right) hopes to stay with the team. (AP)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Goalie Cam Ward, who becomes a free agent this summer, said Tuesday he would like to return to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward said he is excited about the young players coming up the system and that money is not a big factor for him in his decision.

However, whether general manager Ron Francis wants him back remains to be seen. Francis said Ward’s status is up in the air and Francis will check the free agent market.

The Canes have missed the playoffs for seven straight seasons. Ward started 51 games and played in 52 this past season. He won 23 games, lost 17 and had 10 overtime losses. He had a goals against average of 2.41 and a save percentage of .909.

Ward’s GAA was 23rd in the NHL and his save percentage was 35th.

Ward signed a six-year deal for an average of $6.3 million in 2009.

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