Anton Khudobin misses start of camp due to visa issues

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FILE PHOTO: Sep 28, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN;Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save during warmup against the Tampa Bay Lightning in game six of the 2020 Stanley Cup Final at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

January 5, 2021

Dallas Stars goalkeeper Anton Khudobin missed the start of training camp due to immigration issues, the team announced Monday.

“Anton Khudobin will be absent from the start of training camp due to immigration issues,” the team said in a statement. “The team will announce his availability to return to practice at the appropriate time.”

The Stars retained Khudobin with a three-year, $10 million deal in October.

Khudobin, from Kazakhstan, had a superb postseason to help the Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final before they fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games. Khudobin started 24 of the team’s 27 playoff games and had a 2.69 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout. Dallas was 14-10 in his starts.

In the regular season, Khudobin went 16-8-4 with a 2.22 GAA and a league-leading .930 save percentage in 30 appearances (26 starts). His GAA tied for third.

Forward Joe Pavelski also missed the first day of camp due to an unspecified medical issue. Pavelski is “day-to-day pending further results from medicals,” the team said.

The Stars open at Florida on Jan. 14.

–Field Level Media