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Blackhawks sign Khabibulin to one-year deal

Friday, 07.05.2013 / 9:40 PM / NHL Free Agency 2013

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Blackhawks sign Khabibulin to one-year deal
The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The Chicago Blackhawks announced Friday they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Khabibulin previously spent four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005-09, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Final. He spent the 2012-13 season with the Edmonton Oilers, going 4-6-1 with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances.

The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has a career record of 332-334-58-38 with 46 shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games over a 17-season NHL career with the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, Tampa Bay Lightning, Chicago and Edmonton. He has posted at least 20 wins in a season 10 times.

Khabibulin, 40, is 39-31 with six shutouts, a 2.40 GAA and a .917 save percentage in 72 career appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. He helped the Lightning win the Stanley Cup championship in 2004.

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