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Minnesota Wild recalls Kolanos, Khudobin; Aeros sign Henderson

March 29, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Houston Aeros News Release

HOUSTON, Texas - Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled center Krys Kolanos from the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL). The club also recalled goalie Anton Khudobin (pronounced an-TAWN khuh-DOH-bihn) under emergency conditions from Houston. The Aeros have signed goaltender Jeff Henderson to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) contract.

Kolanos, 27 (7/27/81), has been recalled five times this season and has recorded six points (3-3=6) in 19 games with Minnesota. He ranks tied for first on the Wild with a plus-3 rating. Kolanos has registered 46 points (26-20=46) including a team-leading 26 goals in 43 games with Houston this season. He was recalled on Nov. 3 and tallied a goal the next night at San Jose in his first NHL game since Dec. 15, 2005. The native of Calgary, Alberta has notched 41 points (20-21=41) in 134 career NHL matches with Phoenix, Edmonton and Minnesota. Kolanos was originally selected by the Coyotes in the first round (19th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and signed as a free agent by the Wild on July 11, 2008. He wears No. 39 with the Wild.

Khudobin, 22 (5/7/86), has appeared in five games with the Aeros this season posting a 2-2-1 record with a 2.76 goals against average (GAA) and a .912 SV%. He was 18-10-1 with a 2.71 GAA, a .901 SV% and four shutouts in 33 games with the ECHL's Florida Everblades. Khudobin was named the ECHL Saver of the Month for November after going 7-0-0 with a 1.36 GAA, a .954 SV% and three shutouts in eight starts. The 5-foot-11, 206-pound native of Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan backstopped Russia to a gold medal at the 2004 World Under-18 Hockey Championships posting a 4-2 record with a 2.17 GAA and a .914 SV%. Khudobin was originally selected by Minnesota in the seventh round (206th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He has not appeared in a NHL game. Khudobin will wear #35 with the Wild.

Henderson, 22 (9/21/86), was a member of the University of Wisconsin - Madison Badgers hockey team for the past four years. The 6-foot-2, 182-poind senior from Menomonie, Wis. is an economic major graduating in May. The walk-on goaltender did not play in a collegiate game during his time at Madison.

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