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Khabibulin Has Surgery For Torn Rotator Cuff

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin underwent successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. The procedure was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital under the supervision of Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry.

“Nikolai underwent surgery today on his right shoulder,” Terry said. “He had a rotator cuff injury which was becoming increasingly symptomatic that we repaired. The procedure went very well and I anticipate a full recovery. He should be able to return to hockey in four to five months.”

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Video- Two Goalies Go Down With Lower-Body Injuries

First we have Nikolai Khabibulin scrambling on his knees to make a save after he suffered a lower-body injury.

 

Below, Evgeni Nabokov appears to have suffered the same type of injury...

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Bad Start For Nikolai Khabibulin In Chicago

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

While it's still too early to consider the signing of 40-year-old goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to be a $2 million mistake by general manager Stan Bowman, there is cause for concern in the Blackhawks' camp after a second straight poor outing by the veteran.

Khabibulin was pulled midway through Tuesday's 6-5 win over Ottawa after allowing 4 goals on 22 shots. That was after he gave up 6 goals in a 6-5 loss in overtime at Tampa Bay last week.

Khabibulin's numbers are not so hot after three games: 4.74 goals-against average and .818 save percentage. He has surrendered 12 goals on 66 shots.

While fans are clamoring for Antti Raanta to be recalled from Rockford, Hawks coach Joel Quenneville likely will give Khabibulin a chance to redeem himself.

"We'll see, we've got a few days off here," Quenneville said after the game on Tuesday. "Let's get back from the day off and visit with it."

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Khabibulin Signs With Chicago

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Hot Khabibulin

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The surprising Edmonton Oilers have gotten a lot of attention because of young stars like Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. However, it’s 38-year-old goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin who’s been the biggest difference between the team that finished 30th in the standings in 2010-11 and the one that takes a Northwest Division-leading 9-4-2 mark into Friday’s visit to Detroit.

Khabibulin will take the ice with a 7-0-2 record, a goals-against average of 0.98 and a save percentage of .964. His GAA after nine games is the lowest since the expansion era began 44 years ago. He has allowed just nine goals in nine games, and no more than two in any one contest.

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Khabibulin Talks About His Tent City Stay

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Nikolai Khabibulin says his incarceration at the Tent City in Arizona for drunk driving earlier this summer was a sobering experience, something he’s very glad is over with as he tries to rebound from last year’s miserable season.

“I’m not going to lie ... it wasn’t much fun and I learned my lesson,” said the 38-year-old netminder, who was first charged in February of 2010 while driving to his home in the Phoenix area. “It was pretty hot there and you have boundaries and you have to do certain things. It’s not what people are used to.”

Certainly not hockey players.

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The Case for Number One in Goal

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Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.

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Edmonton’s Goal Problems

From Bruce McCurdy at the Cult of Hockey in the Edmonton Journal:

The Edmonton Oilers have been a struggling team for a long time now. They haven’t been great since Mark Messier, Glenn Anderson and Grant Fuhr completed the exodus of Hall of Famers way back in the fall of 1991, twenty long years ago. Since then they have ranged from lousy to mediocre and back to lousy again, and the last two years have hit new lows in finishing 30th and dead last in the NHL in back-to-back seasons.

Lots of problems to go around, but for sure one root cause has been lousy-to-mediocre goaltending, especially in those last two seasons. Nikolai Khabibulin has ranged from lousy to Medicare, his primary replacement Jeff Deslauriers had his moments but left a lot to be desired, and promising youngster Devan Dubnyk has been handled with kid gloves as he finds his way behind a crummy team in the toughest league at all.

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Khabibulin Now In Jail

From Michelle Thompson in the Toronto Sun:

Wearing a white T-shirt and blue shorts, Edmonton Oilers’ goalie Nikolai Khabibulin arrived at a Phoenix jail Saturday morning to begin serving his sentence.

“He’s fine,” said his lawywer , adding Khabibulin “wasn’t doing cartwheels this morning.”

The 38-year-old hockey star will serve 15 days at the notorious Tent City jail and another 15 days under house arrest.

“He’s ready to accept his sentence from the judge,” Duviel said.

Khabibulin is serving a 30-day sentence for extreme DUI.

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Update- No Jail Time For Khabibulin

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will not serve prison time as a result of his extreme drunken-driving conviction, the Edmonton Journal and other media outlets reported this week.

After Khabibulin was charged with speeding with a blood-alcohol level at more than twice the legal limit back in February 2010, it was believed the goaltender would not be given preferential treatment when he dropped his appeal of the conviction and would begin his 30-day sentence on Saturday. That was the belief of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, until a local judge told him otherwise this week.

According to reports, a judge has moved Khabibulin into a work-release program that will allow the goaltender to leave the facility from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day. Prison officials told The Journal that as long as he follows the rules and doesn’t exhibit signs of having been drinking, Khabibulin will be allowed to spend his daytime hours as he pleases.

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added 4:20pm, The headline is misleading a bit.  Basically Khabibulin will be sleeping at the facility.

Lights-out probably at 10pm, he sleeps, wakes-up and leaves.

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Khabibulin Will Serve Some Jail Time

from iNews 880,

Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is accepting his punishment.

The veteran puck stopper, found guilty of extreme DUI and speeding in Arizona last August, abandoned his appeal of the convictions and 30-day jail term he was handed.

According to a representative of Scottsdale City Court, he will spend 15 days in jail, with the other 15 days to be served at home with an electronic monitoring device. Khabibulin must also enter an alcohol treatment program.

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Update 6:01pm ET:
From Sarah McLellan of the Arizona Republic, (pieced together via Twitter)—

From Khabibulin’s attorney Mark DuBiel: fine was paid in full today by Khabibulin, who is currently in AZ.  Khabibulin will start serving jail part of sentence in “next few days,” DuBiel said. Final 15 days is house arrest w/ ankle bracelet and random alcohol testing. He will be allowed to leave for 12 hours a day, which will be for hockey-related purposes, DuBiel said.

This was entirely Khabibulin’s decision, DuBiel said. DuBiel and team felt they had a strong case, but Khabibulin wanted this behind him. A court date hadn’t even been set yet by appellate court. After court date, it would have taken a few weeks for decision (maybe end August). If court agreed and overturned ruling, a new trial would have been taken place.

No more court dates after this, DuBiel said, and no word on whether Khabibulin will be in Tent City or other jail facility.

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Can Khabibulin Still Play?

from David Staples of the Edmonton Journal,

The formerly great Russian goalie is signed up here for two more years, after all, and as solid as Devan Dubnyk appears to be, the Oilers will still need a back-up for 25 to 35 games each year.

So Khabibulin’s got the contract, but does he have any game left at all?

On the plus side, we know of at least one goalie who makes the 38-year-old Khabibulin look like a youngster. Dwayne Roloson is making 41 look like the new 31 for NHL goalies. Of course, the bad news is the obvious news: Roloson is the exception. The only other goalie over the age of 35 who truly got the job done in the NHL last season was 37-year-old Tim Thomas. Khabibulin is not Tim Thomas. He’s not even half of that.

The regular stats don’t pain a bright picture, as has been reported at length everywhere and every day on the Oilogosphere. My Journal colleague Jim Matheson aptly compared Khabibulin to Tommy Salo when Salo was on his last NHL legs.

Today, I thought I’d take a look at some of the stats I keep at The Cult and see if the story is any different through their lens.

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14 Goalies Since Khabibulin, Lightning Still Looking for a New “Wall” in Net

Tonight in Edmonton, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face an old friend, as goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will man the Oiler nets.

Sadly, the 37-year-old Khabibulin still has to be looked at as Tampa Bay’s last consistent, go-to netminder. “The ‘Bulin Wall” was a force for the Lightning during his time in Tampa, with a sturdy 2.39 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 192 games from 2000-2004. These are pre-lockout numbers, yes, but his performance in the current, more inflated era – 2.87/.903 – would still best just about every other Bolts goaltender since his departure after the Stanley Cup season of 2003-04. Tampa Bay has tried 14 different goalies between the pipes in that time, with largely underwhelming results.

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Video- Save Of The Night

Nikolai Khabibulin with some catching glove magic to rob Henrik Zetterberg.

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Khabibulin Not So Great

from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Before he went out with a back injury last year, Khabibulin played so well that Oilers GM Steve Tambellini deemed his play to be MVP-calibre for the team, an overstatement perhaps. Nonetheless, Khabibulin certainly looked strong last year and put up decent enough numbers.

This year? Khabibulin started out well and his positioning has been as good as ever, but he and the team have been leaking goals against on the penalty kill. Not all of these goals against, or even many of them, have been Khabibulin’s fault, but he hasn’t always looked sharp. Especially troubling has been his propensity to be beaten on low shots through his legs. He’s not looking elastic enough to get down quickly, to cover off the bottom of the net, and to make those saves. Perhaps that will come, but there’s almost a year of rust on him, and one wonders if it’s just been painted over or truly repaired. 

The 2010-11 numbers don’t look good on him.

So far, Khabibulin has faced 231 shots and let in 23 goals, for a .900 save percentage.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/11/10

Today’s three cheers (an all-goalie edition!) for those who deserve as much from their performances of a night ago:

***Cheers to Edmonton’s Nikolai Khabibulin, who turned aside 26 Florida shots in the Oilers 3-2 win over the Panthers, for his second win in as many outings on the young season. After off-ice woes and injury problems recently, Khabibulin’s solid start to 2010-11 is a great sign for both he and a young and exciting Oilers club. If he can return to form and stay healthy, the many pundits who automatically tabbed Edmonton for the Western Conference cellar will end up looking awfully silly come season’s end.

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Depending On Khabibulin

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

In Edmonton, Nikolai Khabibulin is right now giving the Oilers the kind of consistent play in goal that is an absolute must for a team like his and last year’s Avs, both rebuilding projects laced with many youngsters on defence and up front. If his rock-solid performance (and yes, it has been just two games) comes as a surprise, it’s only because of everything he’s been through and put himself through in the past year, health-wise and in the legal system, not based on the bigger picture of his National Hockey League history, or even his complete Oiler tenure.

He was, after all, a team MVP candidate for 18 games last fall, before a back injury put him on the shelf for the rest of the season. If his aging physique holds up, and he said he has yet to feel any ill effects from exhibition games and a season-opening shutout over Calgary, his stellar play probably will too. And if that’s the case, there is every chance the Oilers are going to be this year’s can’t-miss kids for as long as that combination holds.

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I know there is sports betting in Canada and wonder if the Oilers have what it takes to win it all this season?

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Khabibulin Working On The Trust Issue

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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Khabibulin A Free Man While Appeal Process Plays Out

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Despite being handed a 30-day jail sentence for drunk driving, Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is not on his way to one of Maricopa County’s infamous tent jails, where most inmates wear pink undies and striped uniforms, eat baloney sandwiches for brunch and are denied salt, cigarettes, coffee and movies.

The 37-year-old Russian may well wind up an unhappy prison camper eventually, but immediately after the sentence was handed down in Scottsdale Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, Khabibulin’s lawyer Mark DuBiel gave notice that he will appeal, an act that frees the goalie to attend training camp in Edmonton on Sept. 17, which is his intention, and might keep him out of jail through the entire National Hockey League season.

“It could take months,” GM Steve Tambellini said of the appeal process. “This obviously means the process continues. It doesn’t allow me, unfortunately, to comment on behalf of the team as we thought we’d be able to do, but that’s Nik’s right to be able to (appeal). As far as any discussion of further discipline or actions taken (by the) league, ourselves, obviously that all has to wait.”

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Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced

He received the minimum sentence and fine.

vai AZ Vibe Sports tweet,

Min sentence = 30 days Min Fine = $507.60 DUI Assesment + $500.00 DPS + Jail Costs. Plus State Certifed Alcohol Screening and counseling.

added 6:17pm via Sarah McLellan tweets,

Talking now with lawyer. They are appealing

No estimate on appeal process but will be at camp

added 8:03pm, via TSN,

“I understand that (Khabibulin) has appealed the conviction and the resulting sentencing has been stayed pending appeal,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “I don’t expect having any reaction or response until the conclusion of the appeal process.”

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Khabibulin Sentencing Comes Down Today

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The minimum mandatory sentence is 30 days in jail for extreme drunk driving, but he could be imprisoned for up to six months. The 37-year-old Khabibulin was found guilty last Friday afternoon of two impaired driving charges—one for exceeding a blood-alcohol level of .08, the other for being over .15—and an excessive speeding charge.

If Khabibulin goes to jail, that would muddy the Oilers goaltending situation even more. As it is, hockey conspiracy theorists are having a field day.

There has been rampant talk that the Oilers could use Khabibulin’s sentence against him—as a way of getting out of their four-year, $15-million US contract with the veteran netminder for failing to report to training camp next month. There is talk that former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi is waiting in the wings to be signed.

But would anybody be saying this if Khabibulin had played 60 games last season and won 35 of them, rather than just 18 games after requiring back surgery? Probably not. Chances are the Oilers will stand behind Khabibulin, regardless.

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What’s Next For Khabibulin?

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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Khabibulin DUI Trial Update

via Sarah McLellan (Arizona Republic) has been tweeting from the trial for about 1 1/2 hours.  Doing a great job with the updates and her latest is…

Judge not buying Khabibulin’s lawyer’s argument of errors in the blood testing argument

update 6:55pm, Khabibulin found guilty on 3 counts- DUI with BAC of .08 or more, excessive speed and extreme DUI with BAC of .15 or more.

All via the tweets of Sarah and sentencing is on a later date not yet determined.

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DUI Charge Facing Khabibulin

via the Edmonton Journal,

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was arrested last week for driving under the influence and speeding, an Arizona blog is reporting.

The Scottsdale Arizona News says Khabibulin was charged with three misdemeanours, two related to driving while under the influence and one for exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

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Surgery For Khabibulin

EDMONTON - Edmonton Oilers’ General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will undergo surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disc in his back.

Khabibulin, 37, has appeared in 18 games for the Oilers this season with a 7-9-2 record, 3.03 GAA and .910 save percentage.

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Procedure Hopes To Help Khabibulin

via the Edmonton Oilers Twitter,

Pat Quinn: Oilers goalie Khabibulin will undergo a spinal “procedure” today to help kick-start his recovery.

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Khabibulin’s Game Can Be Better

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Nikolai Khabibulin has had a stellar NHL career, but the new Edmonton Oilers goaltender concedes his work through training camp and the first league game has been spotty.

After an 18-save, 4-0 shutout in his first pre-season game against the Florida Panthers, he’s allowed 12 goals in his last 72 shots. It’s obviously early, and the alarm bells shouldn’t be going off, but he has to be better than that, for sure, if the Oilers want a playoff spot.

“There’s been some positives and some negatives ... right now it’s a little uneven,” said Khabibulin, who is one win shy of 300 for his career, which would put him in an exclusive club of only 24 NHL goaltenders.

“I haven’t played my best yet.”

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Oilers Thinking At Least One Point, But…

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Khabibulin Gives Oilers A Comfort Zone

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

And while the Oilers had nothing but good things to say about the man that Khabibulin replaced, team captain Ethan Moreau concurred with the basic premise, suggesting: “Having Khabibulin here allows us to compete with Kiprusoff, Luongo, Backstrom – the elite goalies in our division and conference.

“It’s a daunting task every night because if you don’t get equal goaltending, it’s very hard to win. Goaltending is one of the only positions in hockey, where you can’t cover up your weaknesses. You can have smaller forwards, or if you don’t score enough, you can cover up your weaknesses with other strengths. But goaltending is a must and we have a guy that’s played at an elite level for a long time, so that does give us some comfort.”

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Khabibulin Plans To “Just Stop The Puck”

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Nikolai Khabibulin is the most experienced of the Blackhawks and also the most stoic, but the goaltender is as excited as many of his younger teammates about the team’s first postseason appearance since 2002.

“I wish it would have happened sooner, but we finally made it,” Khabibulin said Saturday, one day after the Hawks clinched a Western Conference playoff berth. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Khabibulin, 36, joins Andrew Ladd and Sammy Pahlsson as the only Hawks who have won a Stanley Cup. Khabibulin, who helped Tampa Bay to the NHL championship in 2004, looks forward to using his experience to help the youngest team in the league adapt to postseason play.

“It’s easy for me; I just stop the puck,” said Khabibulin, who has a 31-25 record and 2.27 goals-against average in 57 playoff games. “It’s going to be a little more intense. We don’t have too many veterans here, but we have to make sure guys are not nervous and just stay calm.”

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Chicago Will Ride Khabibulin

from Tim Sassone of Between

The Circles, Coach Q said after Friday’s morning skate that it was time to ride goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, starting with Friday’s game against Edmonton.

“We want to get him playing games here,” Joel Quenneville said. “We need to give him the net for a while to get on a roll here. I think just prior to him getting hurt it looked like he was going to get the ball and go. The first time he got hurt the same thing.

“He’s positioned himself to get this opportunity and we’re going to rely on him to get the net.”

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Khabibulin Returns Just In Time

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

In need of a boost to yank them out of their doldrums, the Blackhawks will turn to goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.

The veteran is scheduled to return to action Sunday when the Hawks host the New York Islanders at the United Center. Khabibulin hasn’t played since suffering a lower-body injury Feb. 11 in Atlanta.

With six losses in their last nine games, including three of four, the Hawks are looking for any spark. But Khabibulin knows he alone can’t bring a turnaround.

“You can’t expect one guy to change something like that,” Khabibulin said after Saturday’s practice in Bensenville. “It’s still a team, and we still have to do our jobs. If we’re all going to do our jobs, we should be in good shape.”

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Havlat Day-to-Day, Khabibulin Practices

from Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

“Havvy is day-to-day,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He was much better today than when he left the game the other day.”

When I asked Quenneville if there’s a possibility Havlat could play Wednesday night when the Hawks host the Carolina Hurricanes, the coach paused and said: “I’ll say yes.”

There was some good news on the injury front as veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin returned to practice. The veteran has been suffering from a lower-body injury.

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Teams That May Have An Interest In Khabibulin

via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Daily Herald,

Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.

While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he’s not on the ice?

Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn’t they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?

Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn’t do that. Could they?

Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.

Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?

I am really not sure where some of these “Detroit needs a goalie” rumors are coming from.  Sort of makes you wonder how ‘connected’ writers are.

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Sharp Out 2-3 Weeks

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today Patrick Sharp will miss 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury and Nikolai Khabibulin will not travel with Chicago on their Florida road swing.

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Khabibulin Day-To-Day

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Nikolai Khabibulin, who sparked the Blackhawks’ 3-1 victory at Atlanta on Wednesday night, suffered what the club termed a “lower body injury” in the late stages of that game and isn’t able to practice today….

The Hawks list Khabibulin as day-to-day and said that Cristobal Huet would start in goal on Friday when the Hawks visit the Blues to conclude at eight-game road trip. Whether Khabibulin will be available for Saturday’s home game against Dallas is uncertain.

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Chicago Should Move Khabibulin

from Tom Fornelli of NBC Chicago,

Nikolai Khabibulin has also played well while minding the net this season, but he’s in the last year of his contract, and the team actually tried to move him before the season. The fact he’s in the final year of his contract will make him more appealing to teams looking for somebody to help them make a playoff push—not to mention the fact he’s already won a Stanley Cup in Tampa—and that means the Hawks can get something they need in return. Whether that would be another scorer or a center—preferably someone whose both—or another enforcer to help protect Patrick Kane, we’d have to wait and see.

Losing Khabibulin wouldn’t be that big of a blow to the team either, as Corey Crawford has played very well for the Hawks AHL affiliate Rockford Icehogs this season, and would be more than capable as a backup.

The point is that while moving Khabibulin would be somewhat risky, with a young team losing a player with a lot of playoff experience, the Hawks really have nothing to lose.

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Kings Showed Interest In Khabibulin

via Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

...the Kings were, until late last week, in the running for Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin. No longer, it seems. Talks ended without a deal, but it had nothing to do with Khabibulin’s salary or any injury concerns. But that should answer the question about whether the Kings are willing to go after a veteran goalie this season.

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Khabibulin Has Been Great

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Where would the Blackhawks be if another team had claimed Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers back in training camp?

They probably wouldn’t be 17-6-7 today and the talk of the NHL.

Khabibulin has been nothing short of sensational for the Hawks, and he was just that again Friday night in the 3-2 overtime win over the Flames. As he has done most of the year, Khabibulin kept the Hawks in the game long enough for the offense to do its thing.
Khabibulin has lost once in regulation, his record now at 10-1-4. Once.

As we walked out of the Saddledome Friday night into the unbearable Alberta cold, Chris Kuc of the Tribune mentioned how Khabibulin should be going to the All-Star Game, and he is absolutely right.

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Khabibulin Injured - Status Unknown

from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

We might not know until Friday how badly Nikolai Khabibulin and Aaron Johnson are hurt.

Khabibulin went down in the final minute of the second period of Wednesday’s 3-2 OT loss to the Sharks with what appeared to be a groin or hamstring problem. Joel Quenneville didn’t know if Khabibulin would be examined Thursday in San Jose, where the Hawks were to practice, or if he would need to return to Chicago.  If the injury is serious, Cristobal Huet would vault into the spotlight and we’d likely see Antti Niemi recalled from Rockford to be the backup.

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Khabibulin Red Flags Removed

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the post-lockout NHL, the trading game usually grinds to a halt between the second week of the season and the middle of February, but the one player that may legitimately get moved is the Blackhawks’ Nikolai Khabibulin, who inches closer to free agency every day; sees the dollars click off that $6.25-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary – and continues to play great. Khabibulin was sensational in last week’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Apart from the money, performance and attitude were the two red flag for teams pondering a move on Khabibulin had to consider. It doesn’t seem as if either is an issue at the moment.

many more hockey notes plus Burke made for Toronto…

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An Obvious Team For Khabibulin- Colorado

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The obvious choice as a possible Khabibulin suitor now is Colorado, with Budaj struggling horribly out of the gate in his latest opportunity to nail down the Avalanche’s No. 1 job. Colorado has about $5.5 million in cap room available, so it would take some tinkering or sending the Blackhawks a significant salary in return to make room.

Simply sending Budaj to Chicago to serve as Huet’s backup wouldn’t quite be enough, because Budaj’s cap figure is “only” $800,000 this season. In fact, how’s this for a contrast in allocating resources in the cap age: Chicago’s two goalies are making $12.3 million this season; at Colorado, Budaj and Andrew Raycroft are pulling in a combined $1.6 million. But Colorado could find a way to pull it off.

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Khabibulin Deal May Take Some Time

via Sportsnet,

Jay Grossman, the agent for Nikolai Khabibulin, told Hockeycentral it might take some time to find a fit for the goaltender with another team. Khabibulin passed through waivers last week and Grossman said he was surprised something didn’t get done with either another NHL team or one in the Continental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia.

Grossman has been granted permission by the Blackhawks to speak with other teams about his client and though he has had talks with several teams, Grossman has been unable to secure a deal. The Blackhawks were hoping Grossman could arrange a loan agreement with a KHL team that would at least alleviate the financial burden.

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Khabibulin Still With Chicago

from TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.

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Khabibulin’s Agent Negotiating With KHL

from Chris Kuc of the Icing blog at the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon and the Hawks remain in a holding pattern with Khabibulin as they wait for his agent, Ron Grossman, to negotiate with the Russian Kontinental Hockey League. A decision on whether the sides work out a loan agreement or Khabibulin stays with the Hawks will be decided by Wednesday at 3 p.m., when the Hawks have to turn their roster into the NHL.

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Tallon Talks about Khabibulin’s Future

Nick Kypreos and Daren Millard at the Fan 590 spoke with Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon this morning.

The GM of the Hawks joins Hockeycentral at Noon to discuss the progress of the Khabibulin situation, whether the team would consider sending him to the AHL, and how soon we could expect another development with the goalie.

Tallon expects the situation will be resolved before the start of his team’s NHL season.  Listen to the complete interview.

Update 2:28pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca another interview cited from Fan590 which featured these comments from Jay Grossman, Khabibulin’s agent:

“There are several teams that have expressed interest, with our permission being given by Chicago to talk to those teams.  At the same time, Chicago is aware of a number of options they have by virtue of trade, whether it be now or whether it be down the road.  We assume that at least as far as the start of the season is concerned that (Khabibulin’s status) would be determined well before then.”

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Khabibulin Wants To Get Back On The Ice

from TSN,

Khabibulin’s agent, Jay Grossman told TSN that his client has playing options with the Russian Continental Hockey League (KHL).

“Nik has several options, both here and over there,” Grossman told TSN.

“However, nothing has been finalized and by no means is anything imminent.”

Grossman admitted that he would like to get a deal worked out quickly so that Khabibulin could get back on the ice.

“Nobody is looking to drag this thing out,” he told TSN.

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Another Option For Khabibulin

from Sportsnet,

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be headed to Russia after clearing waivers earlier this week.

In order to shed payroll, the Blackhawks are to prepared to loan their high-priced former all-star to a club in the Continental Hockey League (KHL), Sportsnet has learned.

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Next Option For The Blackhawks

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We’re weighing our options and we’ll decide in the next couple of days what we do,” Blackhawks GM Dave Tallon said via telephone Tuesday. “We’re under the cap, we’re fine. We don’t have a gun to our head. But we’ll decide in a few days what we’re doing.”

Khabibulin became expendable once the Hawks signed Cristobal Huet on July 1. Youngster Corey Crawford is ready for the NHL, as well.

The problem when trying to make a deal like this at this time of year is that everyone basically thinks they’re fine. The puck hasn’t dropped yet. Once the losses start piling up for a team that was supposed to be better, that’s when the trade talks start to heat up.

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Khabibulin On Waivers

Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers.  Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.

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