The Carolina Hurricanes may have lost goalie Dan Ellis to the Dallas Stars, but they replaced him with a younger goalie with higher potential the same day.
Last year was Khudobin’s first real year in the NHL, earning nine wins and creating some goalie controversy at the beginning of the season when he played better than starter Tuukka Rask.
The Kazakhstan native will be able to play over 20 games this season and has no problem going a couple of weeks in between games.
$800k is a great term for Khudobin, who will also give Ward some competition for the first time since his rookie season. This should work well for Ward, as the competition will encourage him to play better.
Should Ward go down with another injury, Khudobin is a much better option in net than last year’s debacle of Ellis and Justin Peters.
The signing of Khubodin also means that Peters will not be with the Canes next season. He can still be sent to the minors, but the Hurricanes’ organization will have to pay him $500,000 with the Checkers. It’s likely the Canes will try to shop him for a low-draft pick or long-shot prospect.
Khudobin was one of the better goalies on the market this summer, and GM Jim Rutherford made the right move in signing him and improving the Canes’ goaltending.