Bulin Wall prepared for 60 games

 

Nikolai Khabibulin will not want for playing time, at least not once the regular season is underway.

 
 
 
 
 

Nikolai Khabibulin will not want for playing time, at least not once the regular season is underway.

Head coach Pat Quinn said on Sunday that the Oilers new goaltender won't be suiting up for the first batch of pre-season games. The Oilers play the Calgary Flames, the New York Islanders (twice), Florida Panthers and Vancouver Canucks between Tuesday and Sunday.

"I want him to see some pucks for a little bit. We'll play the young guys and give them a good look, then we'll start building," Quinn said.

Khabibulin, the successor to Dwayne Roloson, the most notable addition of the off-season, has moved from the Phoenix Coyotes to the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Chicago Blackhawks, so he is no stranger to readjusting.

And this time around, he is getting acquainted with a new coaching staff, just like his new teammates.

"We're in the same boat a little bit," the netminder said.

Quinn said he'd soon huddle with the goaltender to map out a schedule for the season.

Khabibulin figures 60 games would be a good target.

"There's a lot of skill on the team, a lot of speed, a lot of leadership from what I've seen from the outside in years past," said Khabibulin.

"There's obviously something missing, but this is a new year for everybody."

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