• Khabibulin’s back not healing?

    by  • July 5, 2010 • Uncategorized • 16 Comments

    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.


    16 Responses to Khabibulin’s back not healing?

    1. the human torch
      July 5, 2010 at

      Isn’t that Brooks report about the supposed Boogard offer in direct contradiction to both what Rishaug reported on TSN and what Tambellini said? I don’t have Tambo’s direct quote in front of me, but something about “backing out when the numbers got too high” or somesuch?

    2. the human torch
      July 5, 2010 at

      Note that I’m not trying to defend Tambellini in any way whatsoever, I’m still not sold at all on his GMing abilities after the train wreck of his first two seasons in office. 3 good weeks isn’t enough to make me forgive two years of evaluating and poor decision making.

    3. MLB
      July 5, 2010 at

      Or is this a tactic by Boozy’s lawyers to get him out of these charges or a good plea bargain?

    4. YKOil
      July 5, 2010 at

      My problem is that everyone is blowing sunshine up Tambellini’s ass when all he has really done is what (admittedly just my opinion) I would call the EASY stuff.

      Lowebellini has a loooong way to go before I will even consider them somewhat competent.

    5. Jason
      July 5, 2010 at

      I wouldn’t put too much stock into the Brooks article as it seems to be a reply to the entire hockey world laughing at the Rangers for that signing.

    6. July 5, 2010 at

      I just don’t believe the Larry Brooks report. It would be interesting to hear who Brooks’ source is on that little piece of “knowledge.” It sure would be nice to have someone just ask Tambellini though.

      As far as him doing the “easy stuff” and being praised for it, I much prefer that the easy stuff be done well than done poorly. I was expecting him to have made a serious blunder by this point in the summer and I don’t think that’s happened.

    7. YKOil
      July 5, 2010 at

      Myself, I see the release of Potulny and Pouliot as serious mistakes. The next best thing to having desirable trade assets (to make trades happen) is having acceptable expendables (to make trades work) and right now the Oilers are thin on both fronts.

      The Moreau pick-up by Columbus was fortuitous so no credit there. The Vandermeer trade was, however, a nice move (despite that category of trade being obvious) and so I give some credit there.

      I really like the Giroux signing, that said – Strudwick and MacIntyre?

      A lot less ‘done well’ and a lot more ‘sideways’ from where I sit.

    8. RiversQ
      July 5, 2010 at

      All solid points YKOil. Realistically this was always going to be another year of suck as dictated by the Chicago Model Implementation Manual, but it should be the last year. The job gets a lot more difficult as soon as the crop of high first rounders officially make it and they have to manage the Penner and Hemsky situations.

      I figure Tambo can hide behind the suckage for one more year, but what happens with Hemsky and Penner will be the defining moments

    9. RiversQ
      July 5, 2010 at

      I should clarify that – the Oilers probably have three ways to go here:

      1. Take a run next year with Hemsky and Penner in their last year. This is dictated by the progress of the kids.

      2. Broom out Penner and Hemsky and get ready for another 2-3 years of good draft picks.

      3. It’s less likely, but I suppose one of Hemsky or Penner could be tied up in a longer deal so that the window becomes the 1-2 years after the current deals expire. 2013-2015?

    10. RiversQ
      July 5, 2010 at

      For some reason the iPhone hates your comment boxes on this page. It’s a little hard to go back and edit.

    11. July 5, 2010 at

      I completely understand walking away from Potulny. If he gets an arbitration award in the $1M to $1.25M range they can’t walk away from it and it seems like there’s probably similar or better talents available at that price. Giroux is basically his replacement as “tweener,” is significantly cheaper and possibly better.

      I agree that walking away from Pouliot was an error but “serious mistake” seems a bit much. What would you consider a “small error” at the personnel level?

      Sturdwick and MacIntyre strike me as signing “guys who want to be Oilers” more than “guys who are good at hockey” and considering all of the talk about changing the culture in the dressing room, I can see why you’d want a couple of those around. Making the dressing room feel like “a good place to be” probably has some value for a team that’s just about to bring in some very important young players. If you don’t see any value in that and view those deals as mistakes, they’re very small ones considering the money and term.

      Mostly, I just had very low expectations for Tambellini coming into this summer and expected something disastrous would have happened by now. So far, no disasters.

    12. Adam D
      July 5, 2010 at

      I’m not at all convinced that “[i]t 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.” While Tambellini is not the most honest person we know (and that’s not necessarily a bad thing as GM of a hockey team), it does seem to go against everything he’s been doing this off season.

    13. kris
      July 5, 2010 at

      “Boogaard — who is going to Russia this summer to train with Pavel Datsyuk”

      In the minds of idiots who read the sports page, the fact that he will skate with Datsyuk means he will be much more awesome next year. Some of that Datsyuk magic just has to rub off. Fuck yeah!

      I just hope they get they get the Gagner signing right. Go long term now you idiots.

      And I think they should also sign one veteran who can actually play to a cheap, two year deal that may benefit us 2011-2012. Maybe Moore if he comes cheap enough.

      If they do all of that, I’ll call it satisfactory progress.

      By contrast, the Souray and Khabi situations are advanced projects. The Cogliano trade too. Just kind of have to cross your fingers at this point.

    14. David Staples
      July 5, 2010 at

      Excellent digging into the Khabibulin issue.

    15. July 6, 2010 at

      I don’t think 10′s pact can be moved but I think you could sell off 27 and of course 83 and I don’t expect them to be part of any playoff club as members of the Oilers.

      I think this is a year they do all the hard work so that the kids can break in a bit easier and then 27-83 could be gone as early as the trade deadline.

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