Sep 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) takes a drink before a face off against the Buffalo Sabres during the second period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Anton Khudobin Making Goalie Decision Even Tougher

In the middle of December, it looked like the obvious choice for the Carolina Hurricanes to make to fix the goalie problem was to trade Anton Khudobin.

Justin Peters was playing great and was even challenging Cam Ward for the starting role, while Khudobin was dealing with an injury that wasn’t supposed to take that long to heal.

But in the past two weeks, the Russian netminder has made the decision tougher for the Hurricanes.

First Khudobin made 83 saves in two games with the Charlotte Checkers and won the second game against the Rockford Ice Hogs.

Meanwhile in the NHL, Peters was struggling. He let in three easy goals against the Pittsburgh Penguins after suffering a loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets three nights before. Ward took over the next two games and Peters hasn’t been the starting goalie since.

Khudobin made his long awaited return to the Carolina net Thursday night and despite letting up three goals, made the important saves that Peters couldn’t make in other games.

And that play from both Khudobin and Peters has made it even more difficult for the Hurricanes to decide which goalie should be traded. Does the team trade the netminder that played lights out during November and December or the one that has experience and is on a current hot streak?

I’ve always thought the team should trade Peters, who has struggled in the role of a backup, but after his strong play in December, I agreed Khudobin should be traded.

But we’re seeing the same problems that we saw with Peters last season. He plays strong in games without breaks, but when he misses a few and is thrown in the net he struggles.

Khudobin has no problems playing as a backup and can compete with Ward as the starter just as much as Peters, possibly even more.

But the reason why this debate has even started again is because of Khudobin’s recent play. With Ward injured right now, a decision doesn’t need to be made right away, but one will come soon.

The coming week will be a good indicator of what direction the Hurricanes should go in.

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