Anton Khudobin is expected to be ready for training camp after the Dallas Stars goalie had surgery to fix a nerve issue in his right arm last month.
The NHL has targeted Jan. 1, 2021, as the start date for this season with camps opening in mid-December.
“He’s back to 100 percent and doing well,” Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday.
Khudobin, who signed a three-year, $10 million contract ($3.33 million average annual value) on Oct. 9, had surgery two days prior after he felt numbness in two fingers of his right hand during the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The 34-year-old was 16-8-4 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in 30 games (26 starts) for the Stars last season. He helped Dallas reach the Stanley Cup Final, where it was defeated in six games by the Tampa Bay Lightning, with a 14-10 record, 2.69 GAA, .917 save percentage and one shutout in 25 postseason games (24 starts).
Goaltender Ben Bishop and forward Tyler Seguin have started the rehab process after they each had surgery, Nill said. Bishop had surgery Oct. 21 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee; Seguin had right hip arthroscopy and labral repair on Nov. 2. Each is expected to return in four months.
Bishop, who was limited to three games in the postseason, was 1-2-0 with a 5.43 GAA and .844 save percentage after going 21-16-4 with a 2.50 GAA, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts in 44 games (43 starts) during the regular season.
“It’s just really time [with Bishop],” Nill said. “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.”
Seguin scored 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 26 postseason games after he led the Stars in scoring in the regular season with 50 points (17 goals, 33 assists) in 69 games. He has not missed a regular-season game since the 2015-16 season.
“[Seguin] is another week or 10 days on crutches, and then it should start to come pretty quick after that,” Nill said.