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by Paul on 08/28/10 at 10:11 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
There are clauses in standard players’ contracts for conduct unbecoming to a team that theoretically could void a contract, although the Oilers weren’t talking about that on Friday. They certainly weren’t happy with Khabibulin’s behaviour after he was pulled over in his black Ferrari on Feb. 8 in Paradise Valley, a Scottsdale suburb. He faces jail time, possibly a fine and alcohol-related rehabilitation classes.
“You definitely shouldn’t drink and drive ... at the end of the day, what excuse is there?” said a high-powered NHL agent, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“But this isn’t a heinous crime. It’s not like he shot his neighbour and he’s being charged with murder.”
The agent doesn’t believe a team would challenge the conduct clause over impaired driving. If a team did that, the NHL Players’ Association would likely file a grievance.
“You don’t want to be in a situation where you challenge the validity of a contract and you go to arbitration and the team loses. Then they get the player back who, say, has a no-trade clause and is completely unmoveable. You get a player back who plays goal. How motivated do you think he’ll be?” said the agent.
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