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7 марта 2002 года.
Khabibulin may play rest of games // St.Petersburg Times


TAMPA -- If you thought goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin was busy before, you ain't seen nothing yet. 

With the trade Tuesday night of goalie Kevin Weekes to the Hurricanes for right wing Shane Willis and left wing Chris Dingman, coach John Tortorella said Khabibulin may play the rest of Tampa Bay's 20 games, though he hedged on the three remaining back-to-back pairings. 

"Nik likes to play," Tortorella said before Wednesday night's game against the Oilers at the Ice Palace. "A goaltender should be able to do that." 
"If it is, it is," said Khabibulin, who has played 53 of 62 games. "I like to play and it shouldn't be a big deal." 

Khabibulin is guaranteed the bulk of the work if the Lightning sticks to its plan for a backup, a plan Feaster said does not include a trade for a veteran. 

The team has called up Evgeny Konstantinov from ECHL Pensacola. But general manager Jay Feaster said the 20-year-old will be used only in emergencies. 

If Khabibulin needs a game off, Dieter Kochan will be recalled from AHL Springfield. 

Feaster said that will give Kochan the opportunity to get as much work as possible in the minors rather than sitting on the bench behind Khabibulin, and Konstantinov gets some mentoring from his idol. 

"Nik isn't one of the best in the world by punching the nine-to-five," Feaster said. "Nik Khabibulin is one of the hardest-working guys. I want Georgie to see that. I want him to see what it takes to be one of the best in the world, how you prepare yourself." 

As for Kochan, Feaster said the games he plays for the Lightning likely will determine if he will be Khabibulin's backup next season. 

"Dieter has been the most valuable player at Springfield this season, bar none," Feaster said of the 27-year-old who has a 2.67 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 42 games. 

"I think that Dieter has earned his opportunity to come in here and show us he's a legitimate backup capable of starting 17 games in the NHL next season as the backup to Nikolai Khabibulin." 

Страничка Николая Хабибулина на сайте "Звёзды с Востока"


11 октября. Показатели Хабибулина продолжают подать. 

7 октября. Воробьев помог Хабибулину одержать первую победу в составе «Блэкхаукс». 

23 сентября. Хабибулин пока не показывает свой лучшей игры. 

5 августа. Хабибулин перебирается в Чикаго. 

29 марта. Хабибулин и Лекавалиер в центре внимания прессы Тампы. 

2 февраля. Николай Хабибулин: "Думать в воротах - непозволительная роскошь" - Спорт-Экспресс

22 ноября. Афанасенков против Хабибулина // "Спорт-Экспресс"

23 октября. Хабибулин и Каспарайтис - в "Ак Барсе" - "Спорт-Экспресс"


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