Posts Tagged ‘Nikolai Khabibulin’

Look out New York we’re coming to get you

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Make no mistake, the Oilers have New York clearly in their sights. No they aren’t looking for payback with the Rangers for the Avery fueled incident that capped of Sundays 8-2 loss. No the Oilers are looking at Islanders and their hold on 30th place in the NHL.

The Oilers are 4-10-3 on the season (only the Islanders with a 4-11-3 record are worse), they’ve lost their last five games by a combined score of 30-8, there is almost no energy from the team on the ice, and now Khabibulin has been placed on the injured reserve with a groin injury. Groin injuries are a tough injury for a goalie to get back from. With Khabibulin’s injury history I think it’s safe to say that he’ll be gone for a while. This is what people mean when they say “from bad to worse”. Read more…


The Khabibulin Aftermath – Where Do We Go From Here?

August 31, 2010 Leave a comment

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting for, the Khabibulin sentence is… the minimum jail sentence and the minimum fine.  Those minimums are 30 days and a $250 fine. I think that if Khabibulin completes counseling that the court can suspend 20 of those 30 days in jail but that isn’t a certainty.

If he does spends all 30 days in jail then at the very minimum he’s going to miss the starting of training camp on September 17 and four of the Oilers six preseason games. Assuming he goes to jail right away and doesn’t appeal or drag his feet on going to jail (that would be a public relations nightmare wouldn’t it) he would be released on September 30  so theoretically he could play in Oilers last two preseason games (October 1 and October 3) but travel issues could result in him missing one, or both, of those games as well. Even is Khabibulin available to play his conditioning might keep him from seeing any game action; remember he hasn’t played since November 16 of last season. Read more…

Guilty – Khabibulin Will Be Going To Jail

August 27, 2010 Leave a comment

This afternoon Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty on  three separate charges; the most serious of which is an extreme DUI. The extreme DUI caries a minimum sentence of 30 days in jail and a maximum sentence of six months. Khabibulin will be sentenced on a later date not yet determined.

With training camp opening in three weeks on September 17, there is no chance that Khabibulin won’t miss some or even most of training camp.

I think it’ll be very interesting to see how the Oilers front office handles this situation. To date they’ve stood behind Khabibulin but perhaps that changes now. Tyler Dellow posted in July that Oilers might be able to void the Khabibulin contract should he be unable to play because he is in jail. We’re at that point now I guess.

Stay tuned because this story is far from over.