As the Bruins made their warm-up rounds on the ice Monday morning before facing the Canes, a familiar face popped out to the Carolina bench to say ‘hello!’
Former Bruin Anton Khudobin signed a one-year deal with the Hurricanes in the offseason. He appeared in three games, with a 2-0-0 record, before leaving the game against Phoenix on October 13 with a lower-body injury.
He won’t have the chance to suit up against his former team quite yet, but that didn’t stop him from sitting out on the bench for the beginning of the skate, taking high-fives and handshakes from the Boston players and coaches, as they stopped by to catch up with him.
"I saw Dobby there and it’s good to see old teammates and it’s unfortunate that he’s hurt right now but I think he’s doing extremely well here and he’s happy," said Chris Kelly.
Khudobin was acquired by Boston in February of 2011, along for the ride as the B’s won the Stanley Cup that June. He suited up in 15 games as a Bruin, serving as Rask’s backup in 2012-13.
'Dobby' is quite a character, with an infectious easy-going personality. Having been around the team for two runs to the Cup, it was no surprise the reaction he got from the guys, getting a pretty spirited high-five from Patrice Bergeron and a long chat with Tuukka.
When healthy, he could very well challenge for the top role in Carolina, though Cam Ward has been a mainstay with the Canes. His time with the B’s helped make that happen.
"Yeah he was a really good player and even better person for us," said Julien. "Things like that happen during a career, with players moving on and it doesn’t mean you lose respect or you lose that friendship that you had with them."
"So it was nice to catch up with him a little bit."
B’s come and go, but what makes this game great is the camaraderie that continues long after the sweater changes from the Spoked-B.