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 Khabibulin’s, no doubt.
“Obviously it’s not the way I anticipated, but some things you can’t control,” said Khabibulin, who met with the media Wednesday to discuss the modest progress in his rehab.
“The back injury, I’m training pretty hard in the off season. I feel that I’ve done everything I could to prevent any kind of injuries, back or groins or hips or whatever.
“When it happens it’s hard, it’s frustrating, but hopefully we’ll move forward and next year it’ll be something that won’t be an issue and it’ll be a lot more fun.”
Khabibulin has been skating and even took a few shots before practice without pain.
“It seems like every day it feels better,” he said. “The doctors are happy with the progress and so am I. They said once I recover I shouldn’t feel anything, so I’m pretty optimistic about it.
“The last couple of days were really exciting because I actually felt pretty good. I’m pretty out of shape right now, but at the same time pretty happy because I’m moving in the right direction and nothing hurts.”
As for his DUI charges, he’s still not talking about it.
“I can’t really talk about it.”
Will he talk about it after it’s been before the courts?