NHL goalie signings: Khudobin sticks with Stars, Sens give Murray big money
Goalkeepers dominate the early 2020 NHL Free Agency headlines, including the Dallas Stars signing Anton Khudobin and the Ottawa Senators giving Matt Murray a stunning deal.
Stars sign Khudobin on a three-year contract
On the way to the 2020 NHL Free Agency, many expected Anton Khudobin to be priced out of Dallas. No, apparently not.
The stars found a way to sign the 34-year-old Khudobin to a three-year contract. Pierre LeBrun reports that the contract is worth $ 10 million, so the cap hit would be $ 3.33 million per season.
LeBrun shared the interesting structure of the deal:
Undoubtedly, Khudobin rose to prominence in the mainstream hockey during the Stars' run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. For those who zoomed out, they saw a pretty big picture too.
Khudobin achieved savings of 0.930 percent in 30 games in 2019-20. He's been generally fabulous in Dallas for the last two seasons (0.926 percent at 71 GP) and scored an impressive 0.919 percent for his career.
With Khudobin and Ben Bishop, the stars maintain one of the best goalkeeping tandems of the last season.
However, the main problem with Khudobin is the bigger problem with this tandem. Khudobin is 34 years old while Bishop turns 34 on November 21. Both contracts expire after 2022-23. This gives Jake Oettinger plenty of time to develop, and Bishop - Khudobin has no more light.
Overall, the stars' decision to sign Khudobin makes perfect sense.
According to Cap Friendly, the stars have a cap spot of roughly $ 10.66 million.
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The Senators are betting heavily on Matt Murray to rebound on a jaw-dropping contract
It's easy to look at the intricacies of Matt Murray's resume and enjoy. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion and had strong regular season numbers early in his career.
It is clear that the Senators will be sold on Murray, 26, and will revert to that old form. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reports that Senators have committed Murray to a four-year extension of $ 25 million ($ 6.25 million AAV). TSN's Bob McKenzie reports that Senators have given Murray a 10-team no-trade clause to fit this nippy deal.
Since the Senators have already exchanged a second-round player and a prospect of the penguins for Murray, GM Pierre Dorion is investing heavily in this goalkeeper.
Could it work? Maybe, but it's not been that hot lately for Matt Murray.
For a team of senators known for their reluctance to spend money, this is a big gamble. On the other hand, goalkeepers are unpredictable, so maybe Murray is making Ottawa look smart?
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James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk for NBC Sports. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.
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