It’s been a while since Anton Khudobin wore a Dallas Stars uniform. But he hasn’t given up on his career. And that attitude could still pay off.
Sean Shapiro, who’s been recruited by D Magazine’s StrongSide to return to occasional Stars writing, caught up with Khudobin back in November. His latest piece is a candid assessment of the 36-year-old netminder’s career status – including his recent post-surgery resurgence with the Texas Stars:
His most likely path back into an NHL crease winds through a trade to another organization. Khudobin has accepted that reality. More importantly, he has a general manager in Jim Nill who is willing to accommodate him....
“The most important part of this story is that Anton Khudobin still wants to play in the NHL,” Nill says. “He could have shut it down; he didn’t. He dedicated himself to coming back and giving himself a chance. We had to make a tough choice and signed [Scott] Wedgewood, and he didn’t let that stop him.”
Of course, Dobby’s $3.33 million cap hit is the biggest reason why his return to Big D has stalled, and his contract hasn’t looked like one of Nill’s good moments in the current freeze situation. But it has paid off in other ways, as Shapiro enumerates:
“He’s the most confident player I’ve ever coached in what he’s good at and what he’s not good at,” [Texas Stars head coach] Neil Graham says. “He understands himself better than anyone. He’ll say, ‘Yes, I can do that,’ and ‘No, I can’t do that,’ with the confidence needed to set fair expectations for us as coaches and himself. It’s an amazing thing anyone can learn, not just the goalies.”...
“You see it where he just elevates practice and drives guys to be better,” [team captain Curtis McKenzie] says. “He pushes us. He pushes the team. You can’t have a bad practice, I think, when he’s out there chirping and pushing and striving to be better than you.”
Sean has much more. [D Magazine/StrongSide]
There’s a game tonight! Here’s how to watch (or listen) as Jason Spezza and the Toronto Maple Leafs come to visit.
For the first time in @NHL history, we've got a game with two players riding point streaks of at least 18 games facing each other.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 6, 2022
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This is one of those details that matters a lot, probably.
Jason and Nick Robertson’s mom will be wearing a Dallas Stars Reverse Retro sweater at tonight’s battle of the brothers. But she’ll be hanging around Leafs end in warmups. Family made a plan over dinner last night.— luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) December 6, 2022
There can only be one gingerbread decorating competition champion!— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) December 6, 2022
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Around The Leagues
- It was a rough night for the #MDK’s away teams, starting with the Colorado Avalanche’s loss of both Nathan MacKinnon and the Philadelphia Flyers game, 5-3. [Mile High Hockey]
- The St. Louis Blues kept the theme going by allowing three goals in the third period, and giving the New York Rangers the last laugh, 6-4. [NHL]
- And the Arizona Coyotes’ lack of penalty discipline ruined their evening in a 3-2 loss to the Calgary Flames. [Five For Howling]
Miro Heiskanen gets singled out for kudos in the latest edition of Coaches Room, with former Stars coach Marc Crawford on the mic.
In this week's Coaches Room, Marc Crawford breaks down what exactly makes special teams special or not.https://t.co/J1l8BFLyhv— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) December 6, 2022
Kris Letang is skating in full gear with assistant coach Ty Hennes before Penguins morning skate, which is fantastic to see. pic.twitter.com/7zT5PWDZIZ— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) December 6, 2022
If those digital dasher-board ads really, really bug you for reasons you can’t even define, this thread may help you isolate the problem.
The @NHL digital board ads have made hockey *physically* more difficult to watch on TV this season. Putting aside any philosophical concerns about commercialization, there are a number of *technical* reasons why it hurts your eyes to watch this. A THREAD … (1/n) pic.twitter.com/eaZZ0Mf1Th— Dan Bagley (@mrdanbagley) December 6, 2022
Sad news: The scouting director who helped turn the Edmonton Oilers into a hockey superpower in the ’80s and ’90s has passed away.
Former Oilers head scout Barry Fraser, whose shrewd draft picks helped build a hockey dynasty in Edmonton, has died at 82, the team announced Sunday https://t.co/7q3I9rvSfR— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) December 5, 2022
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park
#txstars use 5-goal first while Damiani nets 2 to cruise to a 6-3 win in Grand Rapids in a penalty marred contest.— 100 Degree Hockey (@100degreehockey) December 4, 2022
Head over to @100degreehockey to get @RealMichaelOwen's full report.https://t.co/FoHHqhv9we pic.twitter.com/24kDBz9WJI
O HALLO RILEY DAMIANI. Still awesome, we see.
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