The Dallas Stars, Anton Khudobin, and the commerce market?
Saad Yousuf of The Athletic: Dallas views Ben Bishop and Tyler Seguin as commerce deadline acquisitions. It’s because each are anticipated to return quickly. Barring a collapse, Dallas ought to nonetheless be close to the playoff bubble. After that, questions flip to Anton Khudobin. Khudobin offered a bridge between Bishop and Jake Oettinger. Nonetheless, issues have gone removed from easily. Khudobin has been extra inconsistent than anybody might have imagined. Oettinger overperformed to date this season. So, now what?
Jim Nill by no means thought all this might occur particularly after the 2020 playoff run. Khudobin has two years left on his deal and few groups can afford him due to the cap and the COVID. Depth strikes are attainable however it’s extra possible that Nill stands pat this commerce deadline. Hoping for the perfect Seguin and Bishop once they return remains to be their likeliest path towards success.
The commerce deadline from a St. Louis perspective
Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Submit-Dispatch: That is determination week for the St. Louis Blues in additional methods than one. If they can not get their act considerably collectively, does Doug Armstrong method the commerce deadline rather more in a different way? That reply seems to be to be sure. Whereas Nashville and Arizona could also be pulling again commerce deadline sensible, St. Louis might dangle Mike Hoffman as a rental (power-play specialist). After that, can the Blues do an excessive amount of? That could be a query.
As for the remainder of the commerce deadline market, Rickard Rakell and Josh Manson will probably be on the market from Anaheim. Buffalo will probably be attempting to maneuver Taylor Corridor to anybody and everybody together with a bunch of gamers.
Goaltending safety is a giant difficulty. The contenders have choices like James Reimer, one in every of Columbus’s two goalies, possibly even Anton Khudobin, and many others. This commerce deadline options the prospect of being an odd one. Even the Chicago Blackhawks might contemplate promoting a couple of items like a Carl Soderberg to the fitting crew. It’s that form of deadline the place lateral strikes could be made to align higher towards the long run too.
Oh, and Brian Burke is in search of some grit in Pittsburgh however that’s not a information flash.