7:00 am: The Stars confirmed late last night that Khudobin and a 2025 second-round pick are heading to Chicago in exchange for Domi and Wells.
6:52 pm: It appears the Dallas Stars have found their forward to put alongside Tyler Seguin. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff reports that the Stars have acquired forward Max Domi, along with minor-league goalie Dylan Wells, from their division rival Chicago Blackhawks. 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs hero Anton Khudobin and a second-round pick are heading the other way, with no salary retained in the deal.
Playing primarily on a line with now-former Blackhawk Patrick Kane, Domi has enjoyed one of the better statistical seasons of his career. With 49 points in 60 games on the low-scoring Blackhawks, Domi is on pace to have the best season of his career since 2018-19. One of Domi’s most notable improvements has been inside the faceoff dot. With a career faceoff percentage of 48.1%, Domi has bumped up his success rate to 53.7% this year. As Stars’ faceoff weapon Luke Glendening remains out with injury, Dallas will have the benefit of employing Domi in a lot of important situations.
Chicago receives a second-round pick, bringing their total of draft picks in the first two rounds up to a whopping 14 in the next three years. It recoups value for Domi at the deadline, fulfilling Chicago’s initial plan when they signed him and Andreas Athanasiou to one-year contracts last offseason.
They also receive Khudobin in the deal, who, despite slipping down to ’buried in the minors’ status in the Stars depth chart, could serve a purpose in the NHL for the Blackhawks. Both Petr Mrazek and Alex Stalock have had injury-prone seasons, forcing young goalies like Arvid Soderblom and Jaxson Stauber into NHL action maybe earlier than they’d like. Khudobin gives them an additional recall option and allows Soderblom and Stauber to hold the fort with AHL Rockford in what could be a lengthy playoff run. The 36-year-old Khudobin has yet to play in the NHL this season and has a .899 save percentage in 24 appearances with AHL Texas.
Seravalli was the first to report that Khudobin would be included in the trade, while Sportsnet’s Eric Engels was the first to report an unnamed AHL netminder and a second-round pick would be included in the trade.