BOSTON SIGNS WHITFIELD AND KHUDOBIN
Bruins Sign Veteran Forward and Goalie to Two-Year Contracts
Boston, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed both forward Trent Whitfield and goaltender Anton Khudobin to two-year contracts. Per club policy, the financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Whitfield, who served as the Providence Bruins captain this year, missed the beginning of the 2010-11 season with an injury. Upon his return to the ice in January, the Alameda, Saskatchewan native recorded 18 goals and 18 assists for 36 points in 45 games. His 18 goals ranked him third on the team and 36 points ranked fifth. Whitfield had a season-best month in March, netting 12 goals and 10 assists for a league-best 22 points in 13 games, a streak that earned him The American Hockey League's Player of the Month honors. He was named the club's Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive year.
In 2009-10, he notched 17-26=43 totals in 52 games for the P-Bruins and was recalled to Boston on four occasions, registering one assist in 16 regular season games. The 34-year-old veteran forward who was originally drafted by the Boston Bruins in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, has played in 193 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, New York Rangers and Bruins.
Khudobin, a 24-year-old native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, played in 16 games with the P-Bruins in the 2010-11 season, posting a .920 SV % and 2.40 GAA. The Bruins acquired Khudobin on March 1 in a trade with the Minnesota Wild for P-Bruins defenseman Jeff Penner and the restricted free agent (RFA) rights to forward Mikko Lehtonen. Prior to the March 1 trade, Khudobin saw time in four NHL games with Minnesota, having a record of 2-1-0, a 1.59 GAA and a save percentage of .940. His first career NHL shutout came on January 16 when he made 32 saves in a 4-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks.