According to a report on TSN’s website, Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is abandoning the appeal of an extreme DUI and speeding conviction and will begin serving his sentence.
Here’s the news item, courtesy of TSN:
"Edmonton Oilers’ goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin appears ready to do his time. Edmonton radio station INews 880 is reporting the Russian keeper, who was caught DUI and speeding in Arizona last August, has given up appealing the 30-day jail term he was given as a result.
"He will split that sentence between jail and his own home, spending the last 15 days at home with an electronic monitoring device. He must also enter an alcohol treatment program. Khabibulin enters his third year with the Oilers this season.
"He signed a four-year deal with the team in 2009. "
Let indignant calls for the Oilers to attempt to void the two years remaining on Khabibulin’s contract — it’s not opportunism, it’s the principle involved — begin. The Oilers have not offered comment. Stay tuned.
UPDATES . . .
A longer take from Derek Van Diest at The Sun: slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Edmonton/2011/07/26/18472736.html
And from The Journal: www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Oilers+Khabibulin+headed+Arizona+jail/5162845/story.html
OILERS NEWS RELEASE AND KHABIBULIN COMMENT
"Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin has formally withdrawn his appeal in his legal proceedings and the Honorable B. Monte Morgan, Judge of the Scottsdale City Court, has sentenced Mr. Khabibulin to serve 30 days.
"The Edmonton Oilers respectfully accept the Court’s order and expect Nikolai to fulfill all of his required obligations prior to Training Camp," said Oilers General Manager Steve Tambellini.
"Once I have completed these obligations, I eagerly anticipate a timely return to Edmonton for training camp, where I will strive to be the best player, teammate, and citizen possible," added Khabibulin."
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