With three goalies on the roster, the Carolina Hurricanes have to make a tough decision that has been staring them in the face for a while now: trading, waiving or holding onto all three goaltenders.
If they hold onto all three, that will cause a problem in practice and in games as one will be scratched for each game and all three will have to take turns in net in practice.
Which just leaves a trade. Earlier, most speculated that Peters would be the trade bait, but a recent rumor from Lyle Richardson says that Khudobin is the one now being shopped. But that isn’t the route the Canes should take, trading Peters is what should be done.
Peters started gaining favor when he rattled off four wins in five games in place of the injured Cam Ward and Khudobin in the middle of November. Since then, he has played relatively strong in net, but still only has six wins this season.
But last season, the 25-year-old showed he can’t handle a back-up role and is much better in a starting role. Peters showed when he came off the bench to start a game after missing over a week of game action. He couldn’t handle the break in between games.
However, I will admit he has looked better when starting a game after missing a few this season.
But this is also something you don’t have to worry about with Khudobin. He’s been a back-up for a longer period of time and is used to the break in between games.
If the Canes do decide to trade one of them, Khudobin would earn more in a trade, but would probably not bring back a top-four defenseman or top-six winger as the team is currently shopping for, so is it worth it to trade Khudobin instead of Peters because of a larger return? I don’t think so.
And since this is an idea that is often proposed, trading Ward is not the right option. The Hurricanes have no goalie that can step in and replace him right now. Daniel Altshuller has shown promise in the OHL, but is two or three years away from a back-up role in the NHL. Trading a cap hit of over $6 million is also difficult to do.
I believe that the Hurricanes should trade Peters because Khudobin is a more stabilizing back-up. What do you think?