Report: Ducks Trying to Acquire Anton Khudobin

The Anaheim Ducks are attempting to acquire Carolina Hurricanes back-up goaltender Anton Khudobin, according to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.

Anton Khudobin
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The goaltending carousel in these situations can get moving quickly. A few days ago it wasn’t clear that Carolina was in the market for a goaltender, but on Saturday morning they acquired Eddie Lack, who provides a cheaper back-up option than Khudobin and possibly a more promising future option than Khudobin.

That leaves them with a goaltender to move. If Anaheim acquires Khudobin, they’ll be in a similar situation where they suddenly have Frederik Andersen, John Gibson and Khudobin and will be looking to trade one. That move may be about return as a move that sent Andersen or Gibson out of town will likely get more in return than Carolina’s move for Khudobin.

Adding to the notion that this may be about what Anaheim can get for one of their goaltenders is that bringing in the 29-year-old Khudobin will be a more expensive option than either either Andersen or Gibson. Khudobin has one year remaining on his contract with a $2.25 million cap hit.

Or it could be a bit more about the team’s future, since both Andersen and Gibson will be RFAs next summer and will be commanding a raise. Either way, it looks like a trade is developing.

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