The Edmonton Oilers signed goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year contract yesterday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TSN reports it is worth a total of $15 million.
The 36-year-old netminder had a record of 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals against average to go along with a .919 save percentage in 42 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. In 15 playoff games, he was 8-6 with a 2.93 goals against average and a .898 save percentage.
“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.
“He has had success at many levels of hockey and we’re looking forward to seeing him continue that success here in Edmonton.”
For his career, the native of Sverdlovsk, Russia, is 299-267-58 with a 2.67 GAA in 678 games with Winnipeg/Phoenix, Tampa Bay and Chicago. He backstopped the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2004 by posting a 1.71 GAA with five shutouts in 23 playoff games.
TSN is reporting that the Oilers and the Ottawa Senators agreed to a deal on Tuesday night that would have sent Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to Ottawa in exchange for Dany Heatley.
The Oilers are now reportedly working overtime to sell Heatley, who has a no-trade clause, on the trade.
The Oilers also came to terms with defenceman Jason Strudwick on a one-year contract.
The 33-year-old Strudwick played in 71 games with the Oilers last season, totalling a career-best nine points and 60 penalty minutes.
“We were very impressed by Jason’s all-around abilities last season and more importantly the leadership role he played,” said Tambellini.
The blueliner has played in 559 career NHL games with both New York teams — the Islanders and Rangers, Vancouver, Chicago and Edmonton, registering 13 goals and 34 assists for 47 points.
Free agent action
Notable NHL signings
• Dwayne Roloson, G, Edmonton, signed with N.Y. Islanders, two years, $5 million.
• Steve Begin, F, Dallas, signed with Boston, one year, $850,000.
• Brian Boucher, G, San Jose, signed with Philadelphia, two years, $1.85 million.
• Donald Brashear, F, Washington, signed with N.Y. Rangers, two years, $2.8 million.
• Mike Cammalleri, F, Calgary, signed with Montreal, five years, $30 million.
• Scott Clemmensen, G, New Jersey, signed with Florida, three years, $3.6 million.
• Erik Cole, F, Carolina-Edmonton, signed with Carolina, two years, $5.8 million.
• Ty Conklin, G, Detroit, signed with St. Louis, two years, $2.6 million.
• Marion Gaborik, F, Minnesota, signed with N.Y. Rangers, five years, $37.5 million.
• Mathieu Garon, G, Pittsburgh, signed with Columbus, two years, $2.4 million.
• Hal Gill, D, Pittsburgh, signed with Montreal, two years, $4.5 million.
• Brian Gionta, F, New Jersey, signed with Montreal, five years, $25 million.
• Marian Hossa, F, Detroit, signed with Chicago, 12 years, $62.4 million.
• Mike Knuble, F, Philadelphia, signed with Washington, two years, $5.6 million.
• Mike Komisarek, D, Montreal, signed with Toronto, five years, $22.5 million.
• Tomas Kopecky, F, Detroit, signed with Chicago, two years, $2.4 million.
• Ian Laperriere, F, Colorado, signed with Philadelphia, three years, $3.5 million.
• John Madden, F, New Jersey, signed with Chicago, one year, $2.75 million.
• Scott Niedermayer, D, re-signed with Anaheim, one year, $6 million.
• Chris Neil, F, re-signed with Ottawa, four years, $8 million.
• Mattias Ohlund, D, Vancouver, signed with Tampa Bay, seven years, $26.25 million.
• Colton Orr, F, N.Y. Rangers, signed with Toronto, four years, $4 million.
• Samuel Pahlsson, F, Chicago-Anaheim, signed with Columbus, three years, terms not disclosed.
• Henrik and Daniel Sedin, F, re-signed with Vancouver, five years, $30.5 million each.
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