Nikolai Khabibulin introduces himself to the media. The clip on the Oilers site includes this:
Edmonton Oilers made such a big commitment. There weren’t too many opportunities with such a long term out there. It happened that the Oilers, when they made a commitment, we looked at it.
For some reason, the clip of the phone conference that the Oilers have posted doesn’t include this gem of a quote, which I assume was made in the course of the same phone call:
We had some one-year offers. But when I had such a long commitment from the Oilers, it was a pretty easy decision to make.
Just a coincidence, I’m sure. The usual Oiler apologists are commenting that Edmonton had to offer him a four year deal to get him signed. It didn’t make any sense to me, having done nothing more exotic than counting the goalies, counting the jobs and concluding that [goalies] > [jobs]. The deal’s a terrible risk and, if you infer that Khabibulin wasn’t getting offers of more than one year from his comments, a pretty needless one.