The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin (NIH-koh-ligh, hah-bee-BOO-lihn) on a one-year contract. Khabibulin previously spent four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2009, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Final.
The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has earned a 332-334-58-38 record, with 46 shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games over a 17-season NHL career with Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, Chicago and Edmonton from 1994 to 2013, and has posted at least 20 wins 10 times during his career. Khabibulin, 40, owns a 39-31 record, with six shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 72 career post-season games, and was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
Khabibulin posted a 4-6-1 record, with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013 NHL campaign.