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Nikolai Khabibulin to have Season Ending and Possibly Career Ending Surgery

By Brian Kinkade

Sep 28, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin (39) during the first period against the Washington Capitals at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

Nikolai Khabibulinwho was signed in the summer, by the Chicago Blackhawks, to be the backup, to Corey Crawford.  Things didn’t go so well, as Khabibulin seriously struggled, to a tune of 1-0-1, with a 5.01 Goals Against Average, and a .811 Save Percentage.

He injured his groin, in his last game played, on November 16th, against the Nashville Predators.  In that game, it was said that he injured his groin, however, it is his shoulder that is ending his season.  Khabibulin will be having season ending rotator cuff surgery, for his right shoulder.

At the age of 40, and a history of injuries that just keeps getting bigger and more serious with age, it appears to be the end of the line for Khabibulin.  He has had a solid career, and it isn’t official that he will be retiring, but when considering his injuries, age, and recent poor performance, it is hard to see a team pursuing him, in the offseason, once his one-year deal, with the Blackhawks expires.