Khabibulin: busted in Arizona

Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010 02:39PM

Recovering from season-ending back surgery isn't the only challenge facing Nikolai Khabibulin these days. Khabibulin is also in trouble with the law after being charged with driving under the influence and speeding in Scottsdale, Arizona back on Feb. 8.

Here's an account of the charges against Khabibulin, first reported on an Arizona blog, by Curtis Stock of the Edmonton Journal

"Edmonton Oiler goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been arrested in Arizona on charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

 Khabibulin, who had season-ending back surgery on Jan. 14, was arrested by Scottsdale police on Feb. 8. After agreeing to take the standard Field Sobriety Test as well as consenting to take a blood test, Khabibulin was cited for a blood level alcohol content of .08 or more. He was also charged with exceeding the speed limit by more than 20 miles per hour.

Radar clocked Khabibulin driving his black Ferrari 70 mph in a 45-mph zone, the police report says."

OILERS TIGHT-LIPPED

I put in a phone call to Khabibulin's New York-based agent, Jay Grossman, after the story broke this afternoon, but didn't get a reply from him before posting this.

Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe, in Vancouver for the Olympics, was asked about the situation on Oilers Lunch, hosted by Bob Stauffer.

Said Lowe: "Well, we're just hearing about it ourselves actually, quite frankly unfortunately. So, we really don't have too much to say until we get the full details.

"We've been trying to track down Nikolai, who is, like a lot of guys, or most guys, on a holiday during the Olympics. Hopefully, it's not the case, but if it is confirmed, (we'd) be very disappointed that we're just finding out this way.

"Like I say, we'll just defer any comment until we talk to him ourselves."

Obviously, neither Khabibulin nor Grossman saw fit to contact the Oilers to inform the team of the charges.

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#101 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:25PM
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@rubbertrout

Why do you want me gone from your little bubble cult?

I didn't offend anyone. I'm sorry I don't have enough heart to feel sympathetic for every sap story I hear or read. If you guys really cared you should have replied to him something along the lines of "I'm sorry to hear about your brother." instead of going at me.

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#102 Librarian Mike
February 17 2010, 05:37PM
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Generally, I tend to fall on the liberal side of things. The thing about DUI that gets me however is that it is the only crime that is 100% preventable. I've lost enough friends to drunks on the road, that I am definitely in favour of the league being able to dismiss players without pay if they commit crimes.*

*and just to preemptively respond to 'You're innocent until...', it's a matter of record that he was driving drunk. If he does beat this charge, it will be because the lawyers spelled his name wrong or something.

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#103 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 05:44PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Generally, I tend to fall on the liberal side of things. The thing about DUI that gets me however is that it is the only crime that is 100% preventable. I've lost enough friends to drunks on the road, that I am definitely in favour of the league being able to dismiss players without pay if they commit crimes.*

*and just to preemptively respond to 'You're innocent until...', it's a matter of record that he was driving drunk. If he does beat this charge, it will be because the lawyers spelled his name wrong or something.

in theory, arent all crimes preventable?

ie) if someone prevents bobby from shooting billy, billy doesnt get shot

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#104 deepoil
February 17 2010, 05:45PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Generally, I tend to fall on the liberal side of things. The thing about DUI that gets me however is that it is the only crime that is 100% preventable. I've lost enough friends to drunks on the road, that I am definitely in favour of the league being able to dismiss players without pay if they commit crimes.*

*and just to preemptively respond to 'You're innocent until...', it's a matter of record that he was driving drunk. If he does beat this charge, it will be because the lawyers spelled his name wrong or something.

Library Mike.... it is a matter of record that he was charged with driving slightly impaired, unproven in court, his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is not even back yet from the lab.

FYI - TMZ sports has followed Oilers Nation and posted the arrest on their site, there is a benefit of having an NHL team in your city, when your players make news, your city's name gets dragged through the mud.....now.

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#105 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 05:52PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Generally, I tend to fall on the liberal side of things. The thing about DUI that gets me however is that it is the only crime that is 100% preventable. I've lost enough friends to drunks on the road, that I am definitely in favour of the league being able to dismiss players without pay if they commit crimes.*

*and just to preemptively respond to 'You're innocent until...', it's a matter of record that he was driving drunk. If he does beat this charge, it will be because the lawyers spelled his name wrong or something.

I don't think it's unheard of. Like I said before - my job involves regulating drivers, etc. If I'm caught driving drunk, I'm done. No discussion. You sign a contract to that effect when they hire you.

Insurance brokers (along with most other jobs in the financial services industry) can be fired if they're convicted of fraudulent activity, too. It's along the same lines as refs and sports betting.

Most jobs will fire you if you're convicted of something that throws your credibility into question. For an organization that's supposed to be concerned about their image, I'd think that being convicted of something that destroys that image is reasonable grounds for dismissal.

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#106 Librarian Mike
February 17 2010, 05:56PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

in theory, arent all crimes preventable?

ie) if someone prevents bobby from shooting billy, billy doesnt get shot

Yeah, fair enough. I guess what I was getting at was that with this kind of crime, there are taxis, limos, buses, bar buddies available so he doesn't have to drive. He made a conscious choice in this matter and that's what bugs me more than anything.

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#107 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 05:59PM
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It was not a conscious choice. Wasn't he drunk?

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#108 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 06:01PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

Yeah, fair enough. I guess what I was getting at was that with this kind of crime, there are taxis, limos, buses, bar buddies available so he doesn't have to drive. He made a conscious choice in this matter and that's what bugs me more than anything.

ahh, gotcha.

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#109 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 06:01PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

It was not a conscious choice. Wasn't he drunk?

He had a car (which I'm admittedly assuming was his) with him when he started drinking. I'd say that's sober intent to drive once he's done drinking.

I think the point Librarian Mike is trying to make is that avoiding drunk driving requires planning ahead. The decision to drive drunk happens before you start drinking because you haven't already made plans to get home once you're done.

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#110 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 06:03PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

It was not a conscious choice. Wasn't he drunk?

and the Oilersnation.com award for brainfart post of the day goes to!!!!!!!

****drumroll****

Aleslav Smidsky

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#111 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:03PM
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I thought he had a friend with him who was not drinking and was going to drive the car back. I believe his friend left early and Khabi being drunk thought he could drive.

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#112 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:08PM
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Conscious -aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc

Drunk -being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink

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#113 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 06:09PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

I thought he had a friend with him who was not drinking and was going to drive the car back. I believe his friend left early and Khabi being drunk thought he could drive.

~Oh. Never mind. It's not his fault, then.~

Take a step back for a moment and consider what you're saying.

Drunk driving is stupid, regardless of the circumstances. Period. That's a fact.

If you disagree, then you are stupid. Period. That's a fact.

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#114 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 06:09PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

Conscious -aware of one's own existence, sensations, thoughts, surroundings, etc

Drunk -being in a temporary state in which one's physical and mental faculties are impaired by an excess of alcoholic drink

look up common sense and see what you find.

write it down on a sticky note, and put it on your monitor.

refer to said note prior to posting

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#115 Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things
February 17 2010, 06:11PM
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cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan wrote:

look up common sense and see what you find.

write it down on a sticky note, and put it on your monitor.

refer to said note prior to posting

I guess it really is the least common of the senses...

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#116 cableguy - 2nd Tier Fan
February 17 2010, 06:13PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

I guess it really is the least common of the senses...

~maybe he is drunk so it doesnt count~

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#117 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:14PM
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I am fully aware of dangers of drinking and driving, and yes I am against it. Im not stupid and I do not disagree. I didnt say nothing that supports drinking and driving. The story about the friend is just something I made up.

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#118 OilFan
February 17 2010, 06:18PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

I am fully aware of dangers of drinking and driving, and yes I am against it. Im not stupid and I do not disagree. I didnt say nothing that supports drinking and driving. The story about the friend is just something I made up.

Is this guy for real?

The reason I brought my brother up, is beacuse drinking and driving is the reason he is no longer here. People like you whom have no common sense just can't understand that.

Just maybe if the charges where more extreme idiots like ( YOU, Bulin) would understand.

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#119 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:19PM
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Relax Barry Gabrewski.

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#120 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:24PM
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So tell me, what does your brother have to do with this story?

Why did you bring him up? What is your reason behind it?

Common sense? Common sense would have told you that is 2010 and that most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. What do you think no one but your brother died from drinking and driving.?

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#121 Librarian Mike
February 17 2010, 06:26PM
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#122 Jasmine
February 17 2010, 06:35PM
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The story also says he was slightly impaired. That should tell you something. This story is just more reasons for people to bash the Oilers and Khabbi.

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#123 Travis Dakin
February 17 2010, 06:41PM
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Jasmine wrote:

This post is classless and uncalled for.

That post is pure awesomeness and made my day*

*fixed*

(p.s. have a drink and chill out Jasmine)

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#124 Aleslav Smidsky
February 17 2010, 06:41PM
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Especially Khabbi. These guys have been waiting to use their vodka and russian jokes.

It really sad that they think its the Oilers organization that the players don't want to come and play for. The real reason is the know it all media and arrogant fans that feel they are owned something.

Let the man be. If he made a mistake he will pay for it, thats what LAW is for. He plays for the team you cheer for.........................

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#125 Wanyes bastard child
February 17 2010, 06:42PM
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deepoil wrote:

Library Mike.... it is a matter of record that he was charged with driving slightly impaired, unproven in court, his Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is not even back yet from the lab.

FYI - TMZ sports has followed Oilers Nation and posted the arrest on their site, there is a benefit of having an NHL team in your city, when your players make news, your city's name gets dragged through the mud.....now.

I think everyone is missing your point there...

All they have to go on is a road sobriety test people, his BAC hasn't come into play yet so there is no telling yet how drunk he was or if he was over the legal limit.

Alcohol effects everyone differently. It's quite possible that he was at a superbowl party, had some greasy food and 3 beer over a few hours, for most of us this doesn't effect you at all and you are still capable of driving. He got pulled over for speeding on a superbowl sunday and the cop probably smelled the beer on hom and did the road test, untill we see the results of the test you can't be saying he got so sloshed that he thought nothing of getting behind the wheel.

I'm not condoning drinking and driving by no means, and im not saying if Khabi was drunk or not, all im saying is that we don't have all the facts yet so its waaaay to early to judge.

As many have posted, "innocent until proven guilty"

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#126 HottScarrison
February 17 2010, 06:44PM
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True but Khabbi should not have put himself in that position whatsoever. he's a "celebrity" and that comes with the contract($$$). An unfortunate incident that should have been prevented and luckily no-one was hurt.

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#127 Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010, 06:46PM
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Jasmine wrote:

The story also says he was slightly impaired. That should tell you something. This story is just more reasons for people to bash the Oilers and Khabbi.

Narnia: Do you intend to bring your "bashing" act from that other site over to this one?

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#128 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 17 2010, 07:24PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

So tell me, what does your brother have to do with this story?

Why did you bring him up? What is your reason behind it?

Common sense? Common sense would have told you that is 2010 and that most people are aware of the dangers of drinking and driving. What do you think no one but your brother died from drinking and driving.?

IP ban please

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#129 OilFan
February 17 2010, 07:30PM
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I'm glad he never hurt any one or himself. I can't stand drinking and driving. I have to respect for people who drink then drive, but I guess they have no respect for any one.

I don't know the procedure that NHL have with agents and players and personal issues. I'm guessing that the Oilers should have been informed.

Robin have you heard of issues like this before ? Where players have been in trouble with the law and not inform the team ?

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#130 Librarian Mike
February 17 2010, 07:39PM
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This isn't exactly the same sort of thing, but didn't Chad Kilger take off on his team and basically drop off the face of the earth when they tried to contact him and find out what was up? I remember it being called 'personal issues' at the time, but who knows what that means in actuality.

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#131 OilFan
February 17 2010, 07:44PM
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The reason I brought it up is probably because stuff like this bothers me. Yes it is 2010 and still people make the choice to drink and drive, so supporting a group to help make people more aware is good.

I just can't see how this is a good choice for a role model.

Yes, he is innocent until proven guilty. I like Khabby and hope some how this is a mistake.

If I was stupid enough to drink and drive , I don't think I would be going over the speed limit in a FERRARI. Talk about dumb mistake.

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#132 OilFan
February 17 2010, 07:48PM
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Librarian Mike wrote:

This isn't exactly the same sort of thing, but didn't Chad Kilger take off on his team and basically drop off the face of the earth when they tried to contact him and find out what was up? I remember it being called 'personal issues' at the time, but who knows what that means in actuality.

Oh yeah. Personal issues hmm PRONGER.

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#133 Jasmine
February 17 2010, 07:49PM
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@Aleslav Smidsky

Exactly. It's frustrating hearing all this negativity of the Oilers and their players. You're right that it isn't the organization but the fans and media. Look no further than how Horcoff is being treated right now. He has three assists against Anaheim in the last game prior to the Olympic break and fans booed him everytime he was on the ice.

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#134 Harlie
February 17 2010, 07:50PM
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Oil Kings 'n' Pretty Things wrote:

I don't think it's unheard of. Like I said before - my job involves regulating drivers, etc. If I'm caught driving drunk, I'm done. No discussion. You sign a contract to that effect when they hire you.

Insurance brokers (along with most other jobs in the financial services industry) can be fired if they're convicted of fraudulent activity, too. It's along the same lines as refs and sports betting.

Most jobs will fire you if you're convicted of something that throws your credibility into question. For an organization that's supposed to be concerned about their image, I'd think that being convicted of something that destroys that image is reasonable grounds for dismissal.

uhh..do you remember who Coached here for 8 years and his background story? The Org didn't seem to mind that, so I can't see them blowing this up too much either.

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#135 Jasmine
February 17 2010, 07:51PM
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The report also mentioned that he was slighly DUI and that isn't much. Could also mean that medication could effect it as well. I've got to be careful that my BS doesn't get too low as I'm a diabetic.

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#136 Giggsunited
February 17 2010, 07:58PM
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Jasmine wrote:

Exactly. It's frustrating hearing all this negativity of the Oilers and their players. You're right that it isn't the organization but the fans and media. Look no further than how Horcoff is being treated right now. He has three assists against Anaheim in the last game prior to the Olympic break and fans booed him everytime he was on the ice.

suck it up buttercup, this is a sport/entertainment and we pay good money for it. When the players make pro and they are paid the big bucks to play poorly do you think that we are going to think everything is rosey? obviously you dont pay a dime into it. Paying 9k for tickets.............need I say more

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#137 Harlie
February 17 2010, 07:59PM
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I thought I heard somewhere that Ferrari's are one of the hardest cars to get in and out of and the most back breaking to drive due to the low slung seat. Nice choice of wheels for a guy with back problems.

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#138 Giggsunited
February 17 2010, 08:01PM
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*news flash* If you dont want your feelings hurt by the fans then go play for Atlanta... trust me on this.

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#139 OilFan
February 17 2010, 08:05PM
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Harlie wrote:

uhh..do you remember who Coached here for 8 years and his background story? The Org didn't seem to mind that, so I can't see them blowing this up too much either.

True story.

I think the biggest issue for the team is how they were not informed. Look at all the sports leagues athletes are always in the news for stuff like this or worse.

I stand corrected on my comment about athletes being role models. Tiger Woods, Steriods in Baseball, NFL shooting them self the list goes on. Time to take these guy's off the high horse they are citizens and sould obey the law

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#140 Bryzarro World
February 17 2010, 08:38PM
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This is the funniest thing I've seen today... a 67 year old man shytkicks a young chap.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQJFv9SMSMQ&feature=player_embedded

Aaaaahahahahahahahahahahaha!!

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#141 Archaeologuy
February 17 2010, 08:41PM
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Shaun White on the halfpipe. That guy is so much better than the rest of the field.

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#142 Harlie
February 17 2010, 08:46PM
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#143 Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010, 08:50PM
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From the Oilers . . .

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2010

Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club Statement General Manager Steve Tambellini of the Edmonton Oilers issued the following statement regarding Oilers Goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin. “We are aware of the reports from Phoenix. Nikolai has been fully cooperative with the authorities. Until the continuing legal process is completed we will have no further comment.”

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#144 Archaeologuy
February 17 2010, 08:54PM
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So what you're saying here is that Tambellini is in the process of assessing the situation. I havent been this surprised since the ship sank in that James Cameron movie.

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#145 OB1 Team Yakopov - F.S.T.N.F
February 17 2010, 08:55PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

So what you're saying here is that Tambellini is in the process of assessing the situation. I havent been this surprised since the ship sank in that James Cameron movie.

lol

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#146 Bryzarro World
February 17 2010, 08:58PM
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Aleslav Smidsky wrote:

It was not a conscious choice. Wasn't he drunk?

Seriously???? Go play in traffic or something.... Please

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#147 OilFan
February 17 2010, 09:01PM
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Did anyone hear Nate Holland's comments about Canada.

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#148 Robin Brownlee
February 17 2010, 09:03PM
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Archaeologuy wrote:

So what you're saying here is that Tambellini is in the process of assessing the situation. I havent been this surprised since the ship sank in that James Cameron movie.

As if this $15-million sh*tshow, otherwise known as the signing of Khabibulin, hasn't been the unflipped switch that derails Tambellini's fledgling career as an NHL GM already . . .

Bad contract. Bad back. Bad choices.

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#149 JackBauer
February 17 2010, 09:11PM
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And who says this team cant be like the Maple Leafs? WHO DARE I ASK?????!!!?

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#150 6 ring circus
February 17 2010, 09:15PM
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So did Khabibulin tell Tambellini? Was Tambellini the one that did not want this Khabibulin impaired to come out? The question should be, when did Tambellini know this and why did he not inform Lowe? If he new and did not tell anyone, Katz should fire both Tambellini and Khabibulin.

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