The Canes hosted media day at PNC Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 1. With training camp fast approaching, CarolinaHurricanes.com and the local media sat down with a number of players for wide-ranging, informal chats.
Here are five questions with Canes goaltender Cam Ward.
CarolinaHurricanes.com: There's a certain learning curve for a team in year one under a new coach. Heading into year two under Bill Peters, what's different?
Cam Ward: You’ve got some familiarity with what’s to be expected. I think that was the message in the exit meetings for the guys that were going to come back: this is what is to be expected, so do what you’re supposed to do in the summer to be ready. I think we’re going to expect to have a tough, intense training camp to make sure that come game one, we’re ready to go.
CH.com: You’ll have another goalie partner this year. How do you expect Eddie Lack will push you, and how do you expect to push him?
Ward: I’m real excited to meet Eddie. I kind of view it as a similar situation to last year. We’re both, as with Anton (Khudobin), going to be pushing each other to earn the right to be in the net. I feel that’s the way it should be. We’ll probably take that into exhibition, and then you leave it up to the coach's decision to see what’s the best route to go.
CH.com: Where do you think your game took the biggest stride last year in working with David Marcoux?
Ward: I thought my puck handling was a lot better, just making reads and trying to make it easier for our defense. Any time you can help by stopping it behind the net or making an outlet pass makes it easy on everybody. It was just the daily practice. Dave Marcoux is a guy who loves to take the time and effort day in and day out at practice to sharpen the tools. Typically we’d go out early on the ice for 20 or 30 minutes and work on things. That’s a big thing for me, consistency.
Media: How do you approach going into the final year of your contract?
Ward: I’m just trying to take care of what I can control, and that’s preparing the best I can to be great this year. I just feel like, when the time is right, that will take care of itself. Control what you can control. I know that will all take place when the time is right. My focus is on the team and trying to get off to a good start. I’ll keep it that way.
Media: The 10th anniversary of the team's Stanley Cup victory is this season. Have you reflected on that?
Ward: It’s been a long road. It seems like so long ago that that took place. We had great memories. I’d love nothing more than to get back and do it all over again – and not only do it again, but do it here. I would love to see us get off to a good start, push to make the playoffs and see this city rally the way they did 10 years ago. When that took place, I don’t know if there was any better place to play hockey. That’s what we’re striving for.