Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward will see a back specialist Monday, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.
"Until we learn something from the doctor, we don't have any other update," Rutherford said. "But we are very concerned about this injury. Based on the symptoms, it is not related to the injury of a year ago."
Ward returned to Raleigh on Friday from Buffalo because of the back issues. He played in road games in Edmonton and Calgary this week but experienced discomfort on the flight Thursday from Calgary to Buffalo.
Rutherford said he was not sure about the seriousness of the injury, but that it was not related to his previous back problems. Ward has been slowed by back spasms, during last year's Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals and again in the Team Canada Olympic orientation camp last summer.
-- Chip Alexander