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.