Rangers should look at Anton Khudobin trade if he clears waivers

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Oct 14, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers right wing Kaapo Kakko (24) looks to pass behind Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers are said to be in the market for a new backup goaltender for Igor Shesterkin next season. Of course, there’s no reason not to address it earlier if the right opportunity presents itself.

That may have just happened as the Dallas Stars have placed 2020 Stanley Cup playoff hero Anton Khudobin on waivers.

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Rangers should monitor Khudobin situation

Khudobin, 35, has struggled this season with a 3-3-1 record to go with a below average SV% of .873 and GAA of 3.73. Dallas has been getting great goaltending from Braden Holtby and Jake Oettinger making Khudobin expendable.

The Stars have been looking to move him for awhile but have yet to find a taker. One report said that conversations took place with the Sabres but no deal was reached.

Khudobin, has one year remaining at $3.33M. If he clears waivers and the Stars are willing to eat 50% of his cap hit, several teams may find him attractive.

One of those teams should be the New York Rangers, who could do a lot worse for a backup goalie at $1.66M. For his career, Khudobin is 114-90-33 with a 2.50 GAA and .916 SV%.

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Alexandar Georgiev looking for bigger role, more money

Georgiev, 25, is a pending RFA with a 5-2-1 record this season. He also sports a solid 2.85 GAA with a .902 SV%.

“Not much playing time and things haven’t gone the best, but at the same time I’m happy that I got a chance to play, happy that I got a chance to win games. That’s most important for us,” Georgiev said taking over as starter for the injured Shesterkin.

For the netminder, this opportunity has helped him raise his value around the league. It’s been well documented that he’s been on the block and hasn’t received much interest. Although he’s denied it, Georgiev has been looking to get out for quite awhile.

Georgiev’s current deal is $2.425M and his qualifying offer must be at least that much. With the cap squeeze on next season, he will most certainly be a cap casualty. His value at the trade deadline would be higher than as an expiring RFA at the draft.

Of course, Drury can’t trade him without a viable backup and he may have one available at the right price in Khudobin.

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Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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