Since mid-November, the Dallas Stars have sent three goalkeepers including Braden Holtby, Jack Ottinger and Anton Kudobin. As Bren Bishop gets closer and closer to his return after knee surgery, Khudobin seems to be a strange person.
Bishop has not participated in the game since the 2020 playoffs. The 35-year-old netminder is conducting physical training with their AHL affiliate to determine if he is ready to leave the long-term injury reserve. Dallas Morning News‘Matthew De Franks reports If Bishop is ready to return, they must set aside more than $4.9 million.
DeFranks believes that the most likely way is to trade Khudobin (Reached the annual cap of $3.33 million) And demote an exempt player, such as Oettinger or forward Jacob Peterson. The 35-year-old Khudobin replaced Bishop during the 2020 playoffs and supported the star team to enter the Stanley Cup final. However, he has performed poorly this season and has performed well in the past five games.
Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek reports On Saturday, the Star discussed Kudobin with the Buffalo Sabres. De Franks also suggested that the Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Seattle Sea Monsters can use goalkeepers. He felt that the star might have to add sweeteners as a temptation.
After Craig Anderson and Dustin Tokars are sidelined by genetic injuries, the Sabres may not be suitable after acquiring Malcolm Subban and summoning Uko-Pekka Lukonen. The goalkeepers of the Blackhawks and Penguins have improved. Wings seemed satisfied with Alex Nedeljkovic and Thomas Greiss, while Kraken continued to use Philipp Grubauer, Chris Driedger and Joey Daccord.
Injuries also suspended the Canadians’ Kyrie Price, the Rangers’ Igor Shestkin and the Avalanche’s Darcy Kumper. So far, these clubs have shown no signs of seeking help in the market.