Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Anton Khudobin posted team-highs in save percentage (.926) and wins (19) in 2013-14, and may give the organization sufficient reason to consider dealing the supposed number one option in net, Cam Ward - if anyone wants to take on a contract that will see him make $6.7-million next season and $6.8-million in 2015-16, that is.
For his part, Khudobin appears to think that Ward's best days may be behind him. “Of course he is a strong goaltender. He is a good goaltender. No one is counting him out. They [Carolina] will decide what to do with him this year, this summer. Maybe he, how can I say, has presented everything he could have,” said Khodobin at a Russian National Team press conference Monday, as per Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy.
When asked whether he meant Ward has presented everything for the Hurricanes or in the NHL, Khudobin said "maybe at this club. Maybe in his career. He has been playing in the NHL since he was 19.”
If Ward - who registered a save percentage of .898 in 30 regular season games - isn't traded in the offseason, these comments could make for an awkward reunion at training camp in Septmeber.