EDMONTON. Alberta - The Edmonton Oilers are turning to another veteran goaltender.
In this April 30, 2009 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin makes a save during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals at GM Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Edmonton Oilers signed Khabibulin to a US$15-million, four-year contract on Wednesday, July 1, 2009. (AP)
Edmonton signed 36-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, 15-million deal on Wednesday. He’ll replace 39-year-old Dwayne Roloson, who signed earlier in the day with the New York Islanders.
Khabibulin is a former Stanley Cup winner who spent last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.
He went 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage despite missing time due to a nagging groin injury.
“Nikolai is a world-class goaltender who has proven himself throughout his career as one of the best in the game,” Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said in a release. “He has had success at many levels of hockey and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue that success here in Edmonton.”
Khabibulin joins his fifth NHL team after stops with the Chicago Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. He backstopped the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2004.