The Anaheim Ducks placed goaltender Anton Khudobin on waivers on Monday afternoon. The veteran goaltender is still under contract this year, earning a salary of $2.25M and becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. In eight games played this season he has a GAA of 2.70 and a 0.908 SV% playing for one of the worst offences in the league.
The Montreal Canadiens are still at least three weeks away from the return of their star starting goalie Carey Price, and the current tandem of Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski has the difficult task of shouldering the load against some tough competition leading up to Price's return, and thus far the results have been less than conclusive.
It appears as though Condon has temporarily lost the starting job to Tokarski, after Condon started stringing together a series of worrisome results despite an exceedingly strong start to the year.
Can Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien reasonably expect Tokarski and Condon to carry the team, or should they pick up Khudobin off waivers as an insurance policy until Carey Price can return?
EOTP Columnists pitch in with their opinion:
The Canadiens have allowed 19 goals in 8 games since Carey Price’s injury. That’s 2.375 goals against per game. That would put them in 8th place in the NHL this season. They have scored 2.125 goals per game in that span, a number that would put them ahead of only Philadelphia and Anaheim. It’s clear where that $2.5 million would be better spent and that’s before you even consider that Price is coming back.
Anton Khudobin's SV% over the last three seasons has been: .926, .900, .908 respectively. That combined with his age (at 29 he is older than both Condon and Tokarski), size (at 5'11 he is smaller than both Condon and Tokarski) and cap hit (he is making $2.5 million), doesn't make him a great fit on the Canadiens.
No, because you can get the same performance for less with a mix of Condon/Tokarski. The cap hit will prevent you from getting another roster player.
It may always seem like the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but in this case the Canadiens would be wise to stand pat.
Khudobin makes $2.5M, which would eat up the remaining cap space, rendering a deadline deal impossible. His numbers lately have been worse than Condon and Tokarski's, and it would be insulting to the goalies, that aren't the problem. Goals are the issue right now. Hard pass.
With 13 games on the schedule between now and mid-January when Carey Price will make his return, the Habs have a tough schedule that will see them face some of the best teams in the league. Even still, I don't think it's necessary to give up any assets to cover the potential losses incurred over the next 13 games. If the Habs can win at least half of those games, they will be in good shape when Carey returns; as well, their overcoming adversity with the same group of players intact would be a psychological win. In other words, it's worth the risk to stand pat.
And there you have it. 5 out of 5 EOTP Columnists agree that the Montreal Canadiens should not even consider picking up Anton Khudobin off of waivers.