Earlier Friday the Chicago Blackhawks lost their 2012-2013 backup goalie Ray Emery and AHL goalie Carter Hutton to free agency, Philadelphia and Nashville respectively signed them. Late Friday evening the Hawks took the first step in filling the backup role when they signed Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year deal.
Khabibulin, 40, is a familiar face to the Hawks as he spent four season in Chicago from 2005 to 2009. In Game 3 during the 2009 Western Conference Final against Detroit he suffered a lower-body injury leaving Christobal Huet to replace him. He was then signed by Edmonton in July to a four-year deal worth $15 million.
Over his 17 year NHL career he has recorded a 332-58-38 record, a 2.72 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 795 games. Last season he went 4-6-1 with a 2.54 goals-against average and .908 save percentage for Edmonton.