Anton Khudobin will be one of the most interesting goalies in NHL free agency. Which teams should sign him?
The Dallas Stars will likely not be re-signing goaltender Anton Khudobin, according to Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. It sounds like he wants to test the free agent market, as the Stars aren’t giving him the deal he wants.
To be fair, if anyone’s earned a big deal, it’s Khudobin. He has spent most of his NHL career as a backup journeyman goalie. But in Dallas, Khudobin has proven to be more than that. This is likely his last chance at securing a big deal, something he’s never really had in his career.
Khudobin will be one of the most fascinating goalies on the market tomorrow. Not only that, he’ll also be one of the best. His performance during the Stanley Cup Playoffs will likely get him a multi-year deal that could be worth over $4 million annually.
Let’s take a look at which three teams would be the best fit for him.
3. Calgary Flames
For the second straight offseason, the Calgary Flames will be looking to add a goalie in free agency. They had good luck with Cam Talbot last summer, as he wound up being surprisingly effective for them as a backup to David Rittich.
If the Flames want to add a backup again, Anton Khudobin would make a lot of sense for them. He’s capable of giving Rittich a spell of rest. And if Rittich struggles, Khudobin has proven he can handle the load for a short period of time.
Khudobin’s price will likely be out of the Flames price range, but in these troubling times, it’s hard to predict what kind of contract players will get. Also, the Flames might be trading a big-name player, which could open up some more cap space for them. If that happens, Khudobin to the Flames could become a reality.