Surprising almost nobody, the Blackhawks have placed Nikolai Khabibulin on waivers. Folks have been speculating about Khabibulin’s fate since the Hawks signed Cristobal Huet to a monster free agent contract in the summer. The most popular rumors have Khabibulin headed to LA since A) they are way under the minimum salary level and B) they’ve struggled in the crease for years. In the “new” NHL era I can understand the Kings signing him for salary cap reasons. But isn’t their long term success better served by continuing their youth movement and developing the goalies currently in their system?
UPDATE: Khabibulin cleared waivers so now the Blackhawks can get serious about their two-goalie situation. Erik Duhatschek points out the Hawks have made it clear they intend to accommodate Huet as much as possible so we should see a move earlier than later. Duhatschek confirms LA as the likely destination but also suggests GM Dale Tallon has some other (surprising) options.