Agent: Khabibulin drawing interest from Russia


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Russia is an option, it's just not the only option.
Jay Grossman, the agent for Chicago's Nikolai Khabibulin, told Sporting News that the veteran goaltender is drawing interest from KHL teams in Russia, but that no deal is close that would send Khabibulin overseas.

Khabibulin's future has been in doubt since the Chicago Blackhawks placed him on waivers earlier this week in an attempt to clear his $6.75 salary from the books. Khabibulin cleared waivers, which means Chicago GM Dale Tallon needs to get creative if he wants to move Khabibulin and his salary. That opens the possibility of a loan to a Russian team. "Right now there's nothing imminent," Grossman said. "There are several options for him in Russia, but there are also several options that still remain here as well for Chicago to potentially consider."
Chicago could still trade Khabibulin if the Blackhawks are willing to take salary on in return, similar to the Mathieu Schneider trade between Anaheim and Atlanta.
And Grossman said Khabibulin isn't opposed to staying with the Blackhawks, despite the fact that they have a No. 1 goalie in Cristobal Huet.
"He really has no problems if it's a situation where he stays in Chicago. If it meant going to another team later in the season, he's really got no issues with that either," Grossman said. "If there's anyone who has patience, it's him."
Last season, Khabibulin was 23-20, with a 2.63 GAA and a save percentage of .909.
Looks like another great might be heading out to the shiny promise land like Jagr.