Anton Khudobin signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Dallas Stars on Sunday. It has an average annual value of $2.5 million.
"Everyone was always saying, 'Backup, backup, backup.' But if you look at my stats, if you look at my career, I could always play at the No. 1. The team looks at me as a backup; OK, that's my job. I will do that," Khudobin said. "I wanted to go to a great team that's going to the playoffs and has a chance to win the Stanley Cup."
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The 32-year-old goaltender was 16-6-7 with a 2.56 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and one shutout in 31 games (29 starts) with the Boston Bruins last season. He made eight saves in one game during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Signed by the Bruins on July 1, 2016, Khudobin was 23-12-8 in in 47 games (43 starts) the past two seasons.
Khudobin, who was selected by the Minnesota Wild in the seventh round (No. 206) of the 2004 NHL Draft, is 67-51-16 with a 2.47 GAA, .915 save percentage and six shutouts in 147 NHL games (135 starts) with the Bruins, Anaheim Ducks, Carolina Hurricanes and Wild.
"Anton is a proven NHL netminder that gives his team a chance to win every time he's on the ice," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. "We look forward to him joining our club and making a positive impact for the next two seasons."