The four seasons Nikolai Khabibulin spent in Edmonton were the most difficult years in Oilers NHL history. Khabibulin walks away a richer man in dollars, but it was a colossal waste of time.
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN 10-11
- Boxcars: 47, 3.40
- SP: .890
- W-L-T: 10-32-4
- SP behind backup: .026
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN 11-12
- Boxcars: 40, 2.65
- SP: .910
- W-L-T: 12-20-7
- SP behind starter: .004
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN 12-13
- Boxcars: 12, 2.54
- SP: .923
- W-L-T: 4-6-1
- SP behind starter: .003 in front of DD
- Thank GOD that’s over. Yeah, we all knew it would be a tough haul and it was one of the truly difficult contracts in team history.
- You liked him going in. Always liked Khabibulin, but that contract was too much and too long and we all knew it from the beginning.
- What was the biggest problem? Couldn’t stay healthy, never above average during his time here. Predictable, since he was ancient when he signed. And of course the organization was so inspired by his presence they decided to rebuild the entire bloody team midway through year one.
- He was sure happy to come here. That was a retirement contract, who wouldn’t be happy with it?
- He was a good teammate. For that money, I’d be a GREAT teammate.
- One slip up during his time here, though. Super Bowl Sunday? Bad, bad choice.
- Why aren’t you angry with him? The Oilers signed him to FOUR YEARS! How did you expect this to look at the end? Actually, he played better this past season than anyone had a right to expect for a man his age. This isn’t about being mad at Khabibulin, it’s about being mad at the Oilers.
- He never made a difference. Khabibulin signed, got hurt, and then by the following tc they were in rebuild mode. Khabibulin–like the other veterans–was dooomed as doomed can be.
- “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave?” Yes, although this is Springsteen’s year.
- Down in the Jackson Cage? Yes.
- This is a horrible song. I like it.
- It’s overmodulated. A perfect match for the last 4 years.
- He’s going to sign elsewhere. Who cares? Seriously. That’s like saying “hey Steve Tambellini has been hired by the Flames!” Who CARES?
- Cranky. FOUR YEARS!
- Baby. Go to hell.
- You’ll be sorry when the Oilers win a Stanley because of Tambellini’s hard work. Right, right. Tambellini will write a book “How to Build A Dynasty” and it’ll sit in the bookstores next to “Great War Strategies of France.”
- So it’s all management’s fault? Who else can you blame?
- The fans weren’t supportive. (blank stare).