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After Dan Ellis signed a two-year deal with the Dallas Stars, it looked like the Hurricanes were going to enter next season with Justin Peters as their back-up goaltender. This all changed once they signed Anton Khudobin to a one-year, $800,000 contract to add another goalie to the mix. Khudobin isn't exactly a proven commodity since he is 27 years old and has played only 21 games at the NHL level, but he at least gives the Hurricanes another option in net.
That's all they really need right now because going into next season with Peters as the only other goaltender on the roster wouldn't have been a smart move. Peters is a good guy with great work ethic, but his performance at the NHL level has not been up to standards, so giving him some competition for the back-up spot makes sense.
I'm a little reluctant to proclaim Khudobin as the team's back-up right off the bat because he has only 21 games of NHL experience but there weren't many proven options out there for goaltenders and he was one of the better options. He is also an upgrade over Peters in just about every area. Even if Khudobin's .933 NHL save percentage isn't reflective of his true talent, he doesn't need to be that good to be better than what the Hurricanes have gotten out of their back-ups in recent seasons.
Generally, you expect your back-up goaltender to post a .915-.920 save percentage in 15-25 and Khudobin was able to do that last year with the Bruins. The question is whether or not he can do that again next year while playing in a different system. His career numbers are somewhat encouraging, though and it looks like he has a strong chance to win the back-up job out of camp.
Khudobin doesn't have a huge body of work in the NHL, but he still appears to be a better goaltender than Peters if you go by his overall career numbers.
The uusal rule of thumb with goaltenders is that you don't really know what their 'true talent" level is until they face about 5000 shots. Both Khudobin and Peters are pretty far off from that mark in the NHL but in the minors, Khudobin was a much better goaltender. He was only an average to above average goalie at this level, but that is still better than what the Hurricanes and Checkers got from Peters. The Canes were looking for an upgrade in goal and they appear to have got it with the Khudobin signing. With that being said, I think Khudobin's NHL numbers will regress next year and he'll have a couple of bad games, but if he can play about 20 games and post a save percentage of .915-.920 then it is not big deal. Seeing how Carolina's goaltenders have performed at replacement level in recent seasons, average results from Khudobin could go a long way.
The Hurricanes made a couple of good low-risk moves with this and the Mike Komisarek signing and I'm interested to see how both turn out. They aren't long-term solutions and both could end up poorly, but they could also give the team considerable value for what they are paying them. With not much cap space to work with, low-risk moves like this are generally the way to go and the Hurricanes managed to address two big needs with these signings. Again, Khudobin doesn't have a ton of NHL experience, but he was one of the better options on the market and could prove to be a very good signing if he works out here.
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Didn't see this one coming.
Bruins backup goaltender Anton Khudobin just signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Hurricanes sign Anton Khudobin, 1 year, $800,000.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 5, 2013
Wonder what Boston was offering. That's not exactly a major contract and doubt he'll beat out Cam Ward as the starter...
Free agent goaltender Dan Ellis has signed a two-year, $1.8 million contract with Dallas, where he made his NHL debut nine years ago.
The deal announced Friday was the latest in a busy week for the Stars, who have made two trades to acquire three centers.
The 33-year-old Ellis was 6-8-2 in 19 appearances with Carolina last season. He has a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908...
on Dan Ellis: $900,000 AAV on his deal with Dallas
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) July 5, 2013
NHL free agency begins on Friday but the mostly rounded-out nature of the Carolina Hurricanes roster -- not to mention the amount of payroll they already have committed -- means that the organization will most likely not be big players.
After awarding wing Alex Semin a five-year, 35-million contract extension last season, the Hurricanes did most of their big-spending long before...
RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Anton Khudobin on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Khudobin $800,000 for the 2013-14 season.
“Anton proved to be a very capable NHL backup for the Bruins last year,” said Rutherford. “This...
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Anton Khudobin to a one year, $800K deal. Khudobin was traded to the Boston Bruins from the Minnesota Wild on February 28, 2011 in exchange for Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen. This was the best possible situation for the 2004 draft pick, with Tim Thomas expected to retire in the near future. While playing with Boston this past season, [...]
Even the best laid plans go awry, Jim Rutherford knows, but the alternatives can sometimes unearth hidden treasures.
The Carolina general manager couldn’t cajole the big kahuna (a top-four defenseman traded by a willing team) to take his bait (the fifth-overall selection in Sunday’s draft). Rutherford didn’t scamper around the Prudential Center floor Sunday at the 2013 NHL...
The free agent market for goaltenders seems to change every year because there are only so many goalies available and only a certain amount of teams that need a goalie. This year, there were mainly back-ups available and most of them were either unproven, old or not very good. Once Jason Labarbera, Thomas Greiss, Dan Ellis & Ray Emery were off the table, the market for a back...
There really isn't much to say about the two signings the Hurricanes made yesterday. They managed to avoid the madness of July 5th and were able to fill out two NHL roster spots for a combined $1.5 mil. by signing Anton Khudobin and Mike Komisarek. With the team being short on cap space, low-risk, one-year deals are not a bad idea and Jim Rutherford was able to address a need...
The free agency period is less than 10 hours away from beginning and it's still tough to get a grasp on what exactly Hurricanes will do over the next few days. With a few needs to address and not much cap space to work with, GM Jim Rutherford is sort of in a bind this summer and will need to think of some creative ways to give the Hurricanes roster a boost heading into next season...
The Hurricanes made another move to address their defense this off-season by signing Mike Komisarek to a one-year deal at $700k. Komisarek is a ten-year veteran who at the very least gives the Hurricanes some defensive depth and more of a physical presence on their blue-line. He was a solid shutdown defenseman with Montreal for most of his career, but his play dropped off quite a...
Goalie Tuukka Rask will almost certainly be back with the Bruins in 2013-14, but his backup will not.
Anton Khudobin signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes worth $800,000 on Friday, ending his successful stint as Boston’s second-stringer.
Despite appearing in just seven career games prior to this season, Khudobin was a pleasant surprise for the Bruins. The 27-year...
2013 was a painful year for the Carolina Hurricanes and it had an appropriate ending with the team losing 8-3 to the Pittsburgh Penguins. During that game, I remember the Root Sports Pittsburgh commentators saying that the Hurricanes were "making it too easy" for Pittsburgh. The Pens were skating circles around the Hurricanes for most of the game doing basically whatever...
The Dallas Stars have found Kari Lehtonen’s backup, signing left-handed catching goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year contract worth $1.8 million. Ellis was originally drafted by the Stars, back in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 60th overall. The 33-year-old from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan is listed at 6’1″, 191 lbs, and in 19 games with the Carolina Hurricanes [...]