Posts tagged "Nikolai Khabibulin"

Survey says--Niemi should settle for 4 years, $12 million with Blackhawks

In 2005, Nikolai Khabibulin signed with the Blackhawks for four years, $27 million. That was after he played in 55 regular-season games for Tampa Bay and went 28-19-7 with three shutouts, a .233 GAA and a .910 save percentage. He followed that with a 16-7 playoff record, including five shutouts, a 1.71 GAA and a... Read more »

Blackhawks avoid a back-breaker of a season with Khabby now Edmonton's misery

Luckily, there is no such animal as loyalty in professional sports. That’s as mythological as the unicorn. Otherwise, the news Wednesday that goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will be out indefinitely after back surgery to fix a herniated disk would really mean something to the Blackhawks. It still leaves us with a lesson of be-careful-what-you-wish-for that we... Read more »

Blackhawks beat Oilers, spoil Khabibulin's spirited effort

The Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 victory over the Edmonton Oilers Wednesday night at the United Center was a complete team victory.  Antii Niemi was good when it counted and Patrick Sharp led the Hawks’ strong offensive attack with a goal and an assist. While most Hawks fans focused on the home goal netminding, ex-Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai... Read more »

Huet still the 1 in some eyes, but don't let him face Khabby

Let’s take a leisurely morning skate to shake off the cobwebs after Monday night’s fright fest at the United Center turned into a Blackhawks’ lovefest.Like starting the night with Joan Rivers and ending up in bed with Jessica Simpson just a couple hours later. Wild ride.It’s worth peeking behind the curtain of the all-seeing blog... Read more »

Huet's future in Chicago appears in doubt

General manager Dale Tallon said Wednesday that the Blackhawks developed secondary plans recently in case they couldn’t re-sign Martin Havlat or Nikolai Khabibulin. OK, we know what the alternative was in Havlat’s case. Sign Marian Hossa. Big upgrade. We have yet to learn what the front office decided it would do without Khabibulin, who signed... Read more »

Blackhawks drop No. 1 goalie job in Huet's lap

With Nikolai Khabibulin gone to Edmonton in a four-year, $15 million free agent deal, the burden now falls on goaltender Cristobal Huet to put up or shut up in a Chicago uniform. Or, as I like to call him, Crystal Ball Huet. I just wish I could peer more deeply into this crystal ball and... Read more »

Blackhawks net result so far is confusion

This is the one-year anniversary of Cristobal Huet signing a four-year, $22.5 million contract to be the goalie of the future with the Blackhawks. Happy anniversary, Cris. Time flies. You’re history. Thanks for coming. Or so it seems with the latest rumor flying around that general manager Dale Tallon may re-sign Nikolai Khabibulin for two... Read more »

Blackhawk Fans Vote Havlat Team MVP

Chicago Blackhawk fans voted Martin Havlat as the team’s Most Valuable Player over Jonathan Toews, Nikolai Khabibulin, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane (listed in order of vote totals). Not sure which is more surprising – that Havlat won or that Kane finished last out of the five.  Havlat has never been a fan favorite in... Read more »

Calm Down Hawks' Fans, Huet Will Be Just Fine

Ain’t success a beautiful thing.  While most fans (and players for that matter) have moved on to other summer fare, the diehard Blackhawk followers are keeping the message boards full.  There is a lot of concern out there and most is surrounding one player – Cristobal Huet. Hey fellas, he’s gonna be just fine. This... Read more »

Khabibulin gets voted off the Blackhawks island

Nikolai Khabibulin simply doesn’t get enough love in Chicago to survive an expected purge in the next few weeks. So, Nik, apparently it’s time to bid you good night and good luck. Unofficially, Khabibulin is out the door by all appearances and his countless detractors won’t mind at all if it kicks him in the ass... Read more »