April 2, 2012

Khudobin likely to see action after being recalled by Bruins

By Jesse Connolly

With Tuukka Rask still limited to off-ice workouts and the playoffs roughly one week away, the Bruins recalled goaltender Anton Khudobin from Providence on Monday. 

Goaltender Anton Khudobin has two shutouts this season for Providence. (Photo by Dan Hickling)

A wrist injury that kept Khudobin out of the P-Bruins lineup for nearly a month forced the Bruins into signing Marty Turco after Rask went down. The Kazakhstan-born netminder returned on March 23 and has gone 2-2-0, allowing 11 goals in four starts.

Given that Turco will be unable to participate in the postseason (due to the fact he signed after the trade deadline), Boston may need Khudobin to serve as backup to Tim Thomas if Rask isn’t back in time – which seems unlike at this juncture.

Khudobin, drafted 206th overall by Minnesota back in 2004, was acquired at the deadline last season, with Boston sending Jeff Penner and Mikko Lehtonen to the Wild. He has appeared in six NHL games in his career. He’s 4-1-0 with a 1.40 goals-against average and .955 save percentage.

In 44 contests for Providence this season, the 25-year-old goaltender is 21-19-3 with a 2.61 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

After serving as a member of the Black Aces during the playoffs last spring, Khudobin seemed to be a sure bet to head to the KHL. A change of heart saw him sign a two-year deal with the Bruins.

 Khudobin will be on a one-way contract next season. That obviously doesn’t guarantee he’ll be with the big club in 2012-13, but the netminder will earn $800,000 regardless of whether he’s in Providence or Boston.

In all likelihood, Khudobin will make at least one appearance in the Bruins’ final three games of the regular season.