Anton Khudobin Will Move To The KHL Next Season
Anaheim Ducks’ goaltender Anton Khudobin is KHL bound next season, according to his agent.
Several Kontinental Hockey League clubs are said to be interested in acquiring the veteran puck stopper’s services when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer, with Khudobin keen to make the move after a disappointing season with the Ducks organisation.
“Yes, I can confirm this information,” Khudobin’s agent, Yuri Nikolaev, told Championat. “Anton is really going to spend the next season in the KHL. There are several options…Let me just say that the returning to the KHL is the desire and initiative of Anton.”
Drafted in the seventh round (206th overall) of 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Minnesota Wild, Khudobin was acquired by the Ducks from Carolina in exchange for James Wisniewski last summer, but has featured in just eight games for the NHL club this season as Frederik Andersen and John Gibson have prospered.
The 29-year-old has spent much of the year with the AHL San Diego Gulls, where he has gone 18-7-3 with a .920 save percentage and 2.42 goals-against average.
Featuring in 99 NHL games across seven seasons for the Wild, Bruins, Hurricanes and Ducks, Khudobin holds a career record of 44-39-8 with a save percentage of .918.
Khudobin previously played in the KHL for the now defunct HK Atlant – later renamed Atlant Mytishchi – during the 2012-13 NHL lockout, where he went 6-14-4.
He has represented Team Russia internationally on numerous occasions, collecting World Championship gold in 2014 and a under 18 World Junior gold medal in 2003-04. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Year in 2008.