The Boston Bruins have reportedly signed goaltender Anton Khudobin to a two-year deal worth an annual average value of $1.2 million a season. This will be the second tour of duty with Boston for the backup net minder, who he spent the 2012-13 shortened lockout season in BeanTown.
Looks like Anton Khudobin is likely going back to BOS.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) July 1, 2016
#NHLBruins sign goaltender Anton Khudobin to 1-year, $2M contract.
— Shawn Hutcheon (@ShawnHutcheon) July 1, 2016
The 5’-11” 203-pound Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakstan native has been a bit of a journeyman since coming over to play North American hockey. Drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The 30-year-old has appeared in 100 games in the NHL compiling 44-39-8 totals ,making stops with the Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, and Minnesota Wild.
Khudobin came to the Bruins in a 2011 trade deadline deal that sent defenseman Jeff Penner and forward Mikko Lehtonen to the Minnesota Wild. Anton was sent to the American Hockey League to finish out the season with the Providence Bruins where he helped the Baby B’s to a 9-4-1 record in 16 appearances. His next season with the Providence teams he got a better look when he got 44 games in the crease posting a 21-19-3 record, ultimately making him the leading candidate for the backup job in Boston the following season.
After a 9-4-1 record in his only season backing up Bruins starting goaltender Tuukka Rask, the Bruins did not keep his services, and he was later claimed by the Carolina Hurricanes as a free-agent signing a one-year, one-way contract worth $600,000. A year later he would get paid when the Hurricanes came to a $4.5 million contract agreement that was for two years after the 2013-14 season.
In June of 2015, he was traded during the second day of the NHL Entry Draft to the Anaheim Ducks, where he spent most of his time with the organization in the minor system with the AHL San Diego Gulls where he’s been since today.