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Bruins, Khudobin unlikely to reach deal

Cameron Kerry
June 29, 2018 - 4:11 pm

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney spoke to the media for the first time since the NHL draft on Friday. He touched on various prospects, development camp notes, and offseason personnel decisions.

One thing Sweeney refused to address was the ongoing pursuit of coveted free agent John Tavares. Sweeney would only acknowledge that the Bruins had a meeting with the coveted Canadian center.

A key free agent looks unlikely to return to Boston: backup goaltender Anton Khudobin.

"Kept in contact with all (free agents)," Sweeney said. "Looks like the (backup) goaltending (Khudobin) is going in a different direction." 

Khudobin played admirably last season after a rough 2016-17 campaign. He garnered a .913 save percentage and won 16 games, keeping the Bruins competitive when Tuukka Rask needed a rest. Khudobin is looking to play for a team where he can start games frequently. His season high for games played over the course of his eight year NHL career is 36 back in 2013-14 with Carolina.

Sweeney now looks to a limited goaltender free agent market to find someone to play behind Rask. 

"Very, it ranks right at the top of list," said Sweeney, when asked how important NHL experience was in finding a backup goaltender. "I think Anton did a fabulous job and we need to make sure we are satified in that area, so that's a priority for us."

Free agency begins July 1. Expect Sweeney to be a busy man, attempting to patch holes in the roster -- especially with Khudobin's "direction" and the uncertainty of Rick Nash's future.