Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/17/10 at 05:38 PM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The veteran goalie, who only played 18 games last season until his back gave out and he needed surgery, says he’s healthy and has no worries about being on the ice taking shots when the sessions start. But, the off-ice court case is going to be hanging over his head and the Oilers for some time.
“I wish, collectively, we all didn’t have to deal with this,” said Khabibulin.
Khabibulin says he tries not to read newspapers but he has to earn back the trust of the team, and the fans. His tenure as an Oilers goalie has been a rough ride, starting his back issues after he signed a four-year free-agent $15 million contract in the summer of 2009. He was playing well before his back issues, but he has to mend some fences, for sure. “Until everything gets resolved (court) I can’t say anything about it, but in the meantime I’m going to try to do the best I can and hope we all grow together,” he said.
“As a team of integrity and character, we’ll do everything we can to make sure Nik feels really comfortable coming back and being a hockey player for the Oilers,” said coach Tom Renney.
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