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Nikolai Khabibulin

Nikolai Khabibulin  #39

NUMBER: 39 BIRTHDATE: January 13, 1973
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Sverdlovsk, Russia
WEIGHT: 208 DRAFTED: WIN / 1992 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 9th   (204th overall)
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy (IHL MVP) (2000) (co-winner - Frederic Chabot) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1998, 1999, 2002, 2003) Transferred to Phoenix after Winnipeg franchise relocated, July 1, 1996. Missed 1999-2000 NHL season and majority of 2000-01 after failing to come to contract terms with Phoenix. Signed as a free agent by Long Beach (IHL) with Phoenix retaining NHL rights, January 14, 2000. Traded to Tampa Bay by Phoenix with Stan Neckar for Mike Johnson, Paul Mara, Ruslan Zainullin and NY Islanders' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Phoenix selected Matthew Spiller) in 2001 Entry Draft, March 5, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Kazan (Russia), November 8, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, August 5, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Chicago, July 5, 2013. Missed majority of 2013-14 due to groin injury at Nashville, November 16, 2013.
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Life's about opportunity and how you respond to that opportunity, and obviously he must have some swagger about him, some confidence about him, because he was solid. He made some good saves. He was 6-foot-3 on every shot, which is a good thing for a goalie. He played well. We got a win.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock on rookie goaltender Garret Sparks, who made 24 saves in his first NHL start, a 3-0 win vs. Oilers
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