“Long term, I’m not worried because the doctors have assured us he has a strong back, aside from the issue he has. Hopefully, this settles down.”
-Tambo, as quoted by Dan Barnes
There’s one other passage that caught my eye from Barnes’ story.
Tambellini had been assured of Khabibulin’s health and fitness prior to signing the deal and sees no reason to regret the decision. There were other choices at the time, including Dwayne Roloson, Craig Anderson and Martin Biron, but they liked Khabibulin enough to commit dollars and the future of their netminding to him.
Barnes doesn’t say who assured Tambo of Khabibulin’s health and fitness. Given that it took about two hours from the opening of free agency for the signing to occur and that we can be reasonably certain that the Oilers didn’t review any medical records, it seems to me that the only source of this information could have been Jay Grossman. Maybe it’s true, maybe not it’s not, but I don’t commit $15MM on the assurances of a guy who owes me no duties that everything is fine with his client’s back. Just because he’s an agent and you’re talking to him doesn’t mean that he represents you.