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Canes goalie Khudobin heads to AHL Charlotte for conditioning stint

Dec 27, 2013, 7:49 PM EDT

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) takes a break during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker) AP

Anton Khudobin is finally healthy enough to return from an ankle injury, but he won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes yet and there’s no guarantee that he will ever get another start with the club.

When the Hurricanes signed Khudobin, there was talk of him putting pressure on starting goaltender Cam Ward. However, since Khudobin went down on Oct. 13, Justin Peters has asserted himself as a serious contender to serve as the team’s number one netminder. Peters is currently making his third straight start in tonight’s game versus Pittsburgh.

There was speculation that either Khudobin or Peters would be traded last week and while that didn’t happen, the possibility still remains.

Carolina has three viable NHL netminders all inked to one-way deals. Although the conditioning stint will buy the Hurricanes more time, they can’t permanently send any of their goalies to the minors without first exposing them to waivers.

So barring an injury, the Hurricanes options will soon be down to having three goalies on their roster, risk losing one to waivers, or pulling the trigger on a trade.

  1. alicesrightfootesq - Dec 27, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Seems odd to me that there is any debate about who will go. Despite Peters recent stretch of success, he’s historically a minor league starter to back up level goalie. He’s a notch below Khudobin and Ward.

  2. storminator16 - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Sine no one will say it: Peters has been the Canes #1 for a couple of weeks now.

    With that said, is GM Jim Rutherford considering moving Ward? I’m not praising Peters but this team is mediocre no matter who is in the nets. Moving Ward could plug some holes elsewhere on the roster and within the organization. However, accessing Rutherford’s track record, it seems that Khodobin will get the short end of the stick although he played extremely well before being injured.

    Canes gave away a lot of 2 point games in December and with only 1 game left before an even tougher stretch of games…..sayonara playoff hopes. Hello, partial rebuild. Rutherford has to be smart about this as the team can’t go forward with this roster intact.

    • storminator16 - Dec 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

      I need glasses. “Since”.

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