The Blackhawks announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin on a one-year contract. Khabibulin previously spent four seasons with the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2009, including a trip to the 2009 Western Conference Final.The Sverdlovsk, Russia, native has earned a 332-334-58-38 record, with 46 shutouts, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games over a 17-season NHL career with Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay, the Hawks, and Edmonton from 1994 to 2013, and has posted at least 20 wins 10 times during his career. Khabibulin, 40, owns a 39-31 record, with six shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 72 career post-season games, and was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.Khabibulin posted a 4-6-1 record, with one shutout, a 2.54 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 12 appearances with the Edmonton Oilers during the 2013 NHL campaign.
At the same time, Ray Emery and Viktor Stalberg signed elswshere. Emery came to terms with the Philadelphia Flyers, and Stalberg signed with the Nashville Predators, a Division Opponent of the Hawks.