One of the few bright spots from the Carolina Hurricanes this year has been goalie Anton Khudobin. The Kazakhstan native signed a one-year, $800k contract in July, but has played like a starting NHL goalie since he became a Carolina Hurricane. That’s why the team need to extend his contract very soon.
If Anton Khudobin gets to free agency unsigned, I promise there will be many teams interested in paying him significant money to be their goalie. The Carolina Hurricanes can not let that happen.
Khudobin leads all Carolina Hurricanes goalies in games played with 22, wins with 13, goals against average with 2.17, save percentage with .927, and has the least amount of losses out of all Carolina Hurricanes goalies with a total of 8.
Cam Ward has been a hollow shell of what he once was in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes. His 3.21 goals against average and .891 save percentage are both career lows since his rookie season in 2005-2006, and if he can’t pick up three more wins by season’s end, he will have a career low in wins.
Is the best of Cam Ward’s career over? I don’t know, but it is extremely possible. The reality is that he has gotten worse and worse since his best NHL season in 2010. He is no longer the goalie that lead the team to deep playoff runs in 2006 and 2009. He has been injury plagued and extremely inconsistent, which has made it nearly impossible for the Carolina Hurricanes to move him at the trade deadline.
Cam Ward is no longer the answer at goalie. Anton Khudobin has had an unbelievable season, and the Carolina Hurricanes would be foolish to give other NHL teams to opportunity to pick him up in free agency. The Carolina Hurricanes need to lock him up very soon.