Things found in Nikolai Khabibulin’s motion to exclude evidence for constitutional reasons:
May 24, 2010
Re: Nikolai Khabibulin
To Whom It May Concern:
Nikolai Khabibulin was first seen in our office January 2010 with a painful lumbar disc herniation and a weak right leg. He underwent surgery on his spine on January 14, 2010. His postoperative recovery and rehabilitation has been on going since that date. He is under activity restrictions. We hope for a full recovery, but that has not occurred at this time. He is making progress and we will reevaluate his condition in June 2010.
Robert G. Watkins, M.D.
Is this the Puppa letter? From CBC.ca when Khabibulin’s surgery was announced:
The Oilers did not announce a timetable for the veteran’s return, but agent Jay Grossman said his client will need 12 weeks to recover from surgery.
January 14, 2010 – 12 weeks – that would take us to April 8, 2010. Dr. Watkins’ letter is dated almost seven weeks later. That does not seem like a particularly good sign.
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I’m more than a little concerned that Tambellini will ultimately screw up the team he’s building by signing some stupid deals. Khabibulin, Quinn and Chris Neil last summer sort of called his judgment into question. This summer, a newly humbled Tambo has made more questionable offers:
Boogaard’s four-year, $6.6 million contract seems wildly excessive and will challenge coach John Tortorella’s familiar assertion that paychecks don’t influence lineup decisions. It is a fact, however, that Edmonton actually offered Boogaard — who is going to Russia this summer to train with Pavel Datsyuk –$7 million over four years.
It’s sort of hard to get excited about the team that the Oilers are building when there seem to be an awful lot of indications that managing contracts and the market is still a skill that’s beyond the expertise of Tambellini and the Oilers.