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Khudobin heading to injured reserve, could have been worse

Oct 14, 2013, 12:00 PM EDT

Anton Khudobin #31 of the Carolina Hurricanes in goal against the Washington Capitals at Verizon Center on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.
(October 9, 2013 - Source: Rob Carr/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

When Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin began to limp towards the bench during Sunday’s game it looked like the Hurricanes might be without Cam Ward‘s understudy for a significant amount of time.

Fortunately, Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford feels Khudobin’s injury has proven to be the “best-case scenario” under the circumstances, according to the News & Observer’s Chip Alexander. That won’t prevent Khudobin from being put on the injured reserve list though.

Carolina is still classifying it as a lower-body injury, but Rutherford has confirmed that it isn’t a knee or ankle problem.

The 27-year-old goaltender was brought in to give the team a viable alternative to Ward after Carolina collapsed when Ward suffered a sprained MCL last season. Khudobin had a 2.32 GAA and .920 save percentage in 14 games with Boston in the 2013 campaign and was off to a strong start in 2013-14.

Justin Peters, 27, will be called up to serve as Carolina’s backup goaltender for now.

  1. lonespeed - Oct 14, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Can’t they find someone more viable that Justin Peters? That guy is a fine example of average on his better nights.

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