Stars waive Anton Khudobin but could still use depth at goalkeeper


FRISCO — The Stars waived goaltender Anton Khudobin on Friday afternoon, which would allow them to assign the veteran to the AHL if he clears the waivers on Saturday.

Waiving Khudobin is leaving the Stars along with starter Jake Oettinger and replacement Scott Wedgewood in the NHL.

Given his age (36), performance (0.839 save percentage and 5.47 goals-against average in pre-season), injury history (hip surgery in the spring) and his contract ($3.333 million hit), an NHL team is unlikely to claim Khudobin. to place on their NHL roster.

This decision has an impact on the salary cap situation of the Stars. If Khudobin is claimed, his total cap of $3.333 million goes off the books. If Khudobin goes unclaimed, the Stars can bury $1.125 million of his underage cap, meaning $2.208 million will still count toward the cap.

Even with the effects of the salary cap, the Stars could still use the depth Khudobin offers to minors. Adam Scheel and Rémi Poirier are the only other goaltenders to sign NHL contracts, and neither has even played an NHL game. The two will likely start the season in the ECHL, with AHL contracted Khudobin and Matt Murray expected to be the tandem in Texas.

Khudobin struggled in his three preseason games, allowing nine goals in five periods. According to Natural Stat Trick, Khudobin allowed 2.67 more goals than expected. Oettinger and Wedgewood allowed eight goals in total in their 12 combined periods of action.

Khudobin is in the final year of his three-year contract which he signed with Dallas following the run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. He played just nine NHL games last year before signing. be waived in December.

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