Oct 10, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) makes a save on Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) in the first period at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Backup goalie Anton Khudobin placed on IR by Hurricanes

Due to an “unspecified lower-body injury, back-up goalie Anton Khudobin has been placed on the Injured-Reserve list by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Carolina signed Khudobin to a one year $800,000 contract, so that the team would have someone to back-up Cam Ward.

According to the Associated Press,

Khudobin was hurt during the second period of a 5-3 loss to Phoenix on Sunday when he skated away from the net to play the puck.

Coach Kirk Muller said after practice Monday that it was “unfortunate … to see him go off like that” but “hopefully, he’s back sooner than later.”

Because of the announcement, Carolina also brought up goalie Justin Peters from their AFL affiliate team in Charlotte, in an effort to fill the void left by Khudobin.

The 2-2-2 Hurricanes are going to be at home tonight as they take on the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks (3-1-1), and will travel to Toronto later in the week when they take on the Maple Leafs (5-1-0, first in Atlantic division) on Thursday night. The Hurricanes are currently in 2nd place in the Metropolitan Division.

Hopefully for Carolina’s sake Khudobin is able to get healthy quick, and that his “unspecified lower-body injury” becomes specified soon, so that he can get it treated.

Even with the news of the injury, there was brighter news on Monday. By brighter, I mean amusing.

Ward was given a regular day off Monday, so equipment manager Jorge Campos played goalie during practice.



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