• At Least He’s Not Likely to Play on Any Warm Days

    by  • September 24, 2009 • Uncategorized • 9 Comments

    From Principe:

    It was an unseasonably warm day on Wednesday in Edmonton as the temperature hit 34 degrees. That might have caused the problem but the cure for what ailed him was immediate treatment when he left the game.

    “I just went in after the second and they hooked me up to an IV and I felt much better. I’m not worried about it because it has happened before.”

    Khabibulin did say it occurred once or twice in last year’s run to the conference finals on the part of his old team, the Chicago Blackhawks.

    Pat Quinn adds the following:

    The issue that Khabibulin has with retaining fluids was news to Pat Quinn.

    “We didn’t realize that he’s had this problem before,” said the head coach. “Sometimes the mental pace of the game along with physical pace can catch up to someone.”

    Of course the Oilers didn’t know this. “Health issues” are not at all something you’d check out before committing $15MM over four years to someone.


    9 Responses to At Least He’s Not Likely to Play on Any Warm Days

    1. PDO
      September 24, 2009 at

      I seem to recall a story about him drinking 10+ cups of coffee before a game and passing out from dehydration…

    2. September 24, 2009 at

      Actually that was me PDO.

    3. Deano
      September 24, 2009 at

      How much do you have to pay him to get him to look after himself? At least $16MM over 4years?

    4. Mike W
      September 24, 2009 at


    5. September 24, 2009 at

      At this point, I would not be one iota surprised to hear Khabibulin say “The good news is, it’s easy for them to find veins for the IV because I became a heroin addict in the offseason.”

    6. sketchy
      September 24, 2009 at

      Can they fill one of Toby Petersen’s old Insulin Pumps with Tang or something?

    7. September 25, 2009 at

      Maybe it’s just me… Perhaps there is some merit to this dehydration story. However, when I first heard that he left the game due to dehydration, I thought he was about as dehydrated as a player with a concussion is sick from the flu.

    8. MattM
      September 25, 2009 at

      Plus side: If he doesn’t look after himself, the Oilers have better odds of being able to LTIR him for years 3 and 4 of the deal, Alex Mogilny style.

    9. Dennnis
      September 28, 2009 at

      TY: I guess I should have known better when I brought up this little tidbit over at LT”s site the other day and wondered if anyone else had caught it.

      I read it over a cup of coffee before heading to work and I just shook my head with a lack of surprise.

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