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.
Yeah I was wondering if they were gonna do anything else!
Then the Hawks better be getting way more than a 2nd round pick. Khudobin and Mrazek. Egads. Unless Davidson can flip Khudobin again.
The goal is to lose the last ~20 games of the season and win the Bedard lottery. Khudobin seems like the *perfect* addition to the Blackhawks roster with that in mind.
Going to laugh very hard when the hawks get a terrible lotto position after all this.
Keep laughing because with 2 1st rounders at least and 5 second rounders and countless others, I kinda think they’ll be able to move up to wherever they want. maybe not to 1 but certainly to 2. In the end I’ll be laughing, At you.
(nods to Unclemike) Yeah, I wouldn’t be jeering myself. Never mind moving up slots, with that many picks the Hawks are sure to get some decent players. The draft is a CRAP SHOOT. Some surefire pros never amount to anything, and some guys who get dismissed for one purported flaw or another go to the Hall of Fame.
Collective sigh of relief in cackalacky
Anyway Harley may go to the Hawks in this deal?
I overvalued Domi I guess Lol
I wonder if the traded players just switch their sweaters after tonight’s game, and skate to the other bench.
That’s happened in baseball, anyway; players being traded between games of a doubleheader has happened.
I wonder if Marchment or Dellandrea gets pushed down the line up and doesn’t play with Seguin…
Wow. Pretty decent deal to get Domi — even as a rental — for a second rounder AND to get rid of someone whose salary they badly wished to dump.
Pretty decent deal to get a 2nd rounder for a guy who was traded for a 6th rounder last year, Signed for 3 million bucks and flipped for a 2nd and taking on a salary for 1/2 a year at less than a million bucks( Khudobin) . I thought he had a longer contract so kudos to Davidson again. Not to mention he’ll( Domi) probably come right back because he flourished under Richardson and they like each other. They’ll have money for the first time in years and he’s owed a raise and a 2 or 3 year deal to hold the fort until the youth movement arrives. Well played Kyle.