“Rutherford said discussions on new contract for Khudobin are underway but not sure if can be resolved by Wednesday trade deadline.”
– Chip Alexander (@ice_chip)
This is significant news. I thought it was hugely important for the Carolina Hurricanes to get Anton Khudobin locked up to a contract extension during the season, and now it appears that he will be signed by the end of the season, if not much sooner.
If the Carolina Hurricanes sign Anton Khudobin to a contract extension by the end of the season, other NHL teams will not have the opportunity to offer him contracts in free agency.
If I was to predict the term and money of the contract, I would say a short term extension with smaller numbers. The Edmonton Oilers signed Ben Scrivens to a 2-year, 2.3 million dollar per year contract extension on Monday. I don’t think Khudobin’s contract will be that far off from that.
I think a three years and 2-3 million dollars would be fair for Anton Khudobin. The Kazakhstan native has never started an entire season in the NHL, so he likely won’t get big money. That being said, he likely won’t get more than three years, because if he plays well during the three years, he will want to go up to the big money contract.
Now that the Carolina Hurricanes are closer to extending Khudobin, it likely means that he is out of play on the trade market, unless the Canes get blown away by a trade offer in the final two days before the trade deadline.
This also means that it is virtually certain that Cam Ward won’t be on the team after this season, if it wasn’t already like that.