Cam Ward has been the starting goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes since he led them to a Stanley Cup in 2006. However, this season he’ll have to adjust to a new role as backup to newly acquired Scott Darling.

But Ward isn’t bitter about the expected reduced role with the only team he’s ever known.

“I’m realistic,” Ward said in an interview with Chip Alexander of The News & Observer. “I understand the situation. I know (Darling) was brought in here to sign a four-year deal for pretty good money not to be a backup.”

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