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Khabibulin has shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months

Jan 7, 2014, 2:21 PM EDT

Nikolai Khabibulin #30 of the Chicago Blackhawks particiaptes in warm-ups before a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins during an exhibition game at United Center on September 19, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.
(September 18, 2013 - Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

Has Nikolai Khabibulin played his last game in the NHL?

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the 40-year-old goalie underwent successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, news that raised the aforementioned question.

“The procedure went very well and I anticipate a full recovery,” Dr. Michael Terry said in a release. “He should be able to return to hockey in four to five months.”

Khabibulin is a pending unrestricted free agent and has struggled in limited appearances this season. If he can’t return this year, it’s hard to see the four-time All Star catching on with an NHL team next year.

But if he does retire, at least he’ll go out with a Stanley Cup ring (Tampa Bay, 2004).

  1. esracerx46 - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    I thought he was out with a lower body injury? More specifically a groin…and last I checked a groin and rotator cuff aren’t connected.. Maybe that’s why he was sub par. Glad we get to see more Raanta.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jan 7, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Hasn’t happened a lot lately, but when Stan Bowman misses, he REALLY misses.

  3. agentdw - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    i said it before, and this (obviously) confirms it, Khabi will never play for the Hawks again. Raanta is a HUGE upgrade for the backup spot cuz of how sh**ty Khabi was playing……

    and i agree, Stan doesnt make mistakes like that often. I actually was kind of ok with signing him at first, but then he played…and it was obvious that he’s done, washed up. best of luck to him health wise though

  4. slysipops - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    at least he’ll get paid for doing nothing legaly now. signing him was stupid to start with. he was sub-par when he left the HAWKS before, and sure didn’t improve any with the OILERS. good luck with the health though HABBI ! heck, if someone sticks money in your face …go for it !

  5. pfhockey - Jan 7, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Classy Bulin wall.

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