The Dallas Stars had some good news over the weekend as word came down that goalie Anton Khudobin should be ready for training camp.
The netminder is said to be “back to 100 percent,” according to general manager Jim Nill.
Khudobin had surgery in October to fix a nerve issue in his right arm. According to reports, he felt numbness in two fingers during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Khudobin helped his Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final in the bubble, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. He posted a 14-10 record in the post-season, with a 2.69 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Khudobin has more than earned the starting gig for the Stars and the playoffs were a clear representation of what he can bring to the table. Getting him in the fold and healthy is a top priority for Dallas as they stare down the new season, set to start January 1.
Goalie Ben Bishop and forward Tyler Seguin have commenced rehab after working through their own surgical situations.
Bishop had surgery in October to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, while Seguin had right hip arthroscopy and labral repair at the beginning of November. Both players will require an estimated four months of recovery.
“It’s just really time,” Nill said of Bishop. “Where his injury was at in his knee, there’s not a lot of blood flow in that area, so it just takes a lot of time for it to heal. But he’s doing well and looking forward to getting back at it.”
Bishop played just three games in the post-season, going 1-2-0 with a 5.43 goals against average and a .844 save percentage. He put up solid numbers in the regular season, with a 2.50 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.
As for Seguin, Nill said he’d be another 10 days or so on crutches before getting back to some semblance of recovery. The forward had 13 points in 26 playoff games and 50 points in the regular season. Seguin hasn’t missed a regular season game since 2015-2016.