Skip to content

Oilers put Khabibulin on injured reserve

Feb 27, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

Odd development out of Edmonton this morning — the Oilers have placed goalie Nikolai Khabibulin on IR and recalled Yann Danis from AHL Oklahoma City.

Odd, because a number of the local media members don’t recall seeing anything wrong with the 40-year-old netminder following a 31-save effort in Monday’s 3-2 OT loss to Chicago:

Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger has been riding his veteran netminder recently, starting Khabubilin in four of the last five games, often chalking it up to a “gut” decision over youngster Devan Dubnyk.

“Khabby’s surprised me,” Krueger told the Edmonton Journal. “He’s been an unbelievable competitor in the games he’s played for us.

“He’s showing us why he won a Stanley Cup in Tampa, just on his  battle level, coming off  such a long break without games and with the [hip] injury he had.”

What’s ironic is that Khabibulin recently commented on how good he was feeling, despite turning 40 in January.

“I am very happy with how things are going, especially physically,” he told the Journal.  “Yeah, I am happy I can play.”

Edmonton is currently in the midst of a season-high nine-game road trip because Rexall is hosting the Brier, an annual Canadian curling competition that captivates the nation. Curling comes in around 4th-5th on the Stuff Canadians Like power rankings, often jockeying for position with Caesers and the Tragically Hip.

The Oilers are in Dallas on Thursday, St. Louis on Friday, Minnesota on Sunday and Columbus on Tuesday. Khabibulin could return in time for the Thursday’s game in Detroit on Mar. 7.

Update: Krueger said Khabibulin tweaked his groin against Phoenix on Sunday, then re-aggravated it in overtime against Chicago.

Latest Posts
  1. Boyle, Tanguay to play in 1,000th NHL games tonight

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:49 PM EST

    Colorado Avalanche v New York Rangers Getty Images

    Boyle and the Rangers take on Detroit (on NBCSN), Tanguay and the Avs will play Pittsburgh.

  2. Anyone notice the Preds are slumping?

    Mar 4, 2015, 12:34 PM EST

    Nashville Predators v New Jersey Devils Getty Images

    Just two wins in their last eight.

  3. Video: Isles’ Martin to face hearing for ‘stupid’ knee-on-knee hit

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:56 AM EST

    Trevor Daley, Matt Martin Trevor Daley, Matt Martin

    Incident occurred Tuesday night, on Stars defenseman Trevor Daley.

  4. After ‘nightmare’ start for Markstrom, Canucks face goaltending conundrum

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:55 AM EST

    Jacob Markstrom AP

    “Not the start I wanted or the team wanted, and I’ve got to be better than that.”

  5. Ryder, Havlat don’t sound thrilled about still being Devils

    Mar 4, 2015, 11:15 AM EST

    New Jersey Devils v Anaheim Ducks Getty Images

    Both were viewed as candidates to be moved at the deadline, but neither got shipped out.

  6. Andersen ties record for quickest to 50 wins

    Mar 4, 2015, 9:57 AM EST

    Kyle Chipchura, Frederik Andersen AP

    It took him just 68 decisions.

  7. Kessel’s defense ‘means a lot’ to Phaneuf

    Mar 4, 2015, 9:21 AM EST

    Toronto Maple Leafs Players During Practice Getty Images

    The captain is still proud to be a Maple Leaf.

  8. NHL on NBCSN: Reloaded Red Wings, Rangers set to battle tonight

    Mar 4, 2015, 8:49 AM EST

    Mats Zuccarello, Danny DeKeyser AP

    Erik Cole and Marek Zidlicky are set to debut while Henrik Zetterberg might return from a concussion.

  9. Video: Andersen’s sprawling save, Getzlaf fights Doan

    Mar 3, 2015, 11:31 PM EST

    getzdoan Getty Images

    Some exciting moments from Ducks – Coyotes.

  10. Update: Stars’ Daley could miss ‘weeks’ after hit by Isles’ Martin

    Mar 3, 2015, 11:02 PM EST

    martindaley

    The frequent Islanders hitter has two long-ago suspensions.

  11. Report: Ben Bishop was hurt during warm-ups

    Mar 3, 2015, 9:24 PM EST

    Ben Bishop AP

    Tough start to Tuesday for goalies.

Featured video

Reactions from NHL trade deadline
Top 10 NHL Player Searches
  1. M. Giordano (3140)
  2. K. Okposo (2892)
  3. F. Andersen (2849)
  4. N. Horton (2848)
  5. H. Lundqvist (2737)
  1. T. Seguin (2675)
  2. H. Zetterberg (2402)
  3. T. Hall (2219)
  4. P. Sharp (1982)
  5. D. Clarkson (1882)