Blackhawks Sign Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin
|Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have signed free agent goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year contract for $27 million ($6.75 million per season).
"When we began this process, we targeted Nikolai Khabibulin and Adrian Aucoin as the two main players we wanted to sign," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. Not only did we accomplish our goal in signing these players, but we were also able to sign Martin LaPointe and Jaroslav Spacek. Along with Jassen Cullimore, Matthew Barnaby, and Curtis Brown whom we signed last year we feel that we have really improved our team."
Tallon added, "I know our fans have gone through some difficult times, but we said that we would remain flexible and give ourselves a chance to improve our team under the new rules governing the NHL with a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. We planned ahead with this day in mind and we are extremely happy that we were able to achieve some of our goals."
Khabibulin skated overseas last season (2004-05) for Ak Bars Kazan in the Russian Elite League appearing in 24 games and posting a 1.65 goals against average (no record available). He also saw action in two playoff games.