The Chicago Blackhawks and general manager Stan Bowman had plenty of shopping to do this offseason to improve the Hawks.
While they didn't sign any major names or make a splash, Bowman was able to put some bandaids on a couple of the holes on the team.
Signing a reliable backup goalie was a top priority and Bowman addressed that by signing Cam Ward to a one year contract.
If Corey Crawford is healthy and Ward is just a backup, it's not the worst signing in the world, if Crawford isn't healthy and Ward becomes the Hawks default, there might be a lot of Michael Scott faces across Chicago.
Todd Cordell of mynhltraderumors labeled the Ward signing as one of the worst, here's part of his reasoning:
Over the last three seasons, Ward owns a .915 save percentage at 5v5. That might not sound bad on the surface but, well, it really is. Among 51 goaltenders to log at least 3,000 5v5 minutes in that three-year window, Ward ranks dead last in save percentage. Yes, even below the likes of Chad Johnson, Mike Condon, Antti Niemi, and Louis Domingue.
Are you as worried about Ward as Cordell seems to be?