The surprising success of third-string goaltender Justin Peters has left the now-healthier Carolina Hurricanes with a perplexing dilemma.
Should general manager Jim Rutherford risk losing Peters for nothing on the waiver wire, or force himself to trade away a valuable depth player on an injury-prone team?
As team reporter Michael Smith reported on Monday, Peters—even though he was originally called up from the AHL on emergency-recall-basis—will have to pass through 24-hour waivers to return to Charlotte.
Given the goaltender-health epidemic sweeping the NHL today, and Peters' .941 save percentage over his last six starts, the chances of him falling through untouched are highly questionable.
Such an obstacle translates into an interesting and important decision by a forced-hand Rutherford, who has not always gotten the best trade return in situations like this (i.e. Jussi Jokinen, Brian Boucher and Anthony Stewart).
What should the 'Canes do? A breakdown falls on the coming slides.