Oilers snag Khabibulin to replace Roloson

MIKE ZEISBERGER, Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

The Edmonton Oilers wasted little time in replacing Dwayne Roloson between the pipes.

After watching longtime starter Dwayne Roloson bolt for a two-year deal on Long Island, the Oilers this afternoon signed veteran Nikolai Khabibulin to a long-term deal, one reportedly worth $15 million US over four years.

Khabibulin, 36, gives Oilers coach Pat Quinn the experienced goalie he so covets. Keep in mind that Quinn had a lot of success in Toronto with Curtis Joseph and Ed Belfour backstopping the Leafs.

Khabibulin, who backstopped the Tampa Bay Lightning to a Stanley Cup in 2004, was deemed expendable by the Blackhawks after Chicago spent big bucks to land free agent goalie Cristobal Huet one year ago.


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