Khabby facing shots again


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His year started with a dreadful last-second giveaway on opening night that cost Edmonton a game against Calgary and ended on the sidelines, recovering from back surgery and awaiting a DUI court date in Scottsdale.

And how was your season?

Better than Nikolai Khabibulinís, no doubt.

ďObviously itís not the way I anticipated, but some things you canít control,Ē said Khabibulin, who met with the media Wednesday to discuss the modest progress in his rehab.

ďThe back injury, Iím training pretty hard in the off season. I feel that Iíve done everything I could to prevent any kind of injuries, back or groins or hips or whatever.

ďWhen it happens itís hard, itís frustrating, but hopefully weíll move forward and next year itíll be something that wonít be an issue and itíll be a lot more fun.Ē

Khabibulin has been skating and even took a few shots before practice without pain.

ďIt seems like every day it feels better,Ē he said. ďThe doctors are happy with the progress and so am I. They said once I recover I shouldnít feel anything, so Iím pretty optimistic about it.

ďThe last couple of days were really exciting because I actually felt pretty good. Iím pretty out of shape right now, but at the same time pretty happy because Iím moving in the right direction and nothing hurts.Ē

As for his DUI charges, heís still not talking about it.

ďI canít really talk about it.Ē

Will he talk about it after itís been before the courts?