Mr.Universe Traded to Minnesota

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In what has been quite the whirlwind season for Ilya Bryzgalov took another turn early Tuesday afternoon as the 34-year-old goalie was traded to the Minnesota Wild.
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Mr. Universe Heads to The Great White North

Last time on the chronicles of the world’s most interesting goalie, we saw Ilya Bryzgalov head to Las Vegas for a tryout with the ECHL’s Wranglers. We speculated how the step back for the cup winning goal could still lead to inquiries from NHL and, lo and behold the Edmonton Oilers announced earlier this evening their acquisition of the 33-year-old netminder.
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Three Russians Drafted in First Round of 2012 NHL Draft

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For the first time since 2004, three Russians were selected in the first round of Friday’s NHL Draft in Pittsburgh. Much speculation was made beforehand as to whether the Edmonton Oilers would trade their first pick having picked first the past two years. Any suspicion was quickly put to rest when GM Steve Tambellini announced 18-year-old Nail Yakupov’s name making him the third Russian to ever be picked first overall in draft history.
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Devils Russian’s Start and Finish Comeback

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With the struggling New Jersey Devils trailing the Oilers by 2 goals late in the first period, Alexander Vasyunov scored his first NHL goal. Vasyunov slipped in behind the defender to get open in front of the Devan Dubnyk and banged home a Travis Zajac pass. The goal helped the Devils rally to win their first home game of the year. Patrik Elias also assisted on the goal.

Vasyunov, 22 years of age, is 8 games into his young NHL career and now has points 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) and points in back to back games. He played 24 shifts on Friday night for a total of 18:16 of ice time, both career highs. On Wednesday night against the Buffalo Sabres he assisted on David Clarkson’s goal, also the first goal for the Devils that night.
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Comrade of the Night – Nikolai Khabibulin

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The 2009-10 season is one the Edmonton Oilers want to forget as soon as humanly possible. Nikolai Khabibulin is no different, thanks to injury problems and off-ice troubles. But, as always when a new season begins, teams are reborn with a clean slate.

If first impressions tell anything, the Oilers and the Bulin Wall have a lot to look forward to in 2010. The 37-year-old nyet-minder from Yekaterinburg stopped all 37 shots he faced as he helped the Oilers shut out the rival Calgary Flames 4-0 on Opening Night. Playing in his first game since last November, Khabibulin looked to be in midseason form from the drop of the puck.

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Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced to 30 Days in Prison

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While the off the ice stories have been piling up this summer with signings, rejected contracts, and KHL poaching’s it was revealed on Friday that Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty on two of three DUI charges in Phoenix, Arizona. The 37-year-old Yekaterinburg native was pulled over back on February 8 where he was charged with speeding, driving while intoxicated, and impaired to a slight degree.
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SKA St.Petersburg Poach another, nab Grebeshkov

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For the second time in a decade Denis Grebeshkov has left the NHL for the motherland signing a two-year contract with the KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg. While the terms have not been released, it appears it is more than $3.15 million he made last year with the Nashville Predators. You may recall Grebeshkov first left the NHL and the New York Islanders in 2006-2007 opting to play for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the now defunct Russian Super League.
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Denis Grebeshkov traded to Nashville Predators

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Denis Grebeshkov left for the Olympics a member of the Edmonton Oilers only to return to find out he has been dealt to the Nashville Predators for a second round draft pick in the 2010 draft. The 26-year-old defenseman, who represented Team Russia, has only notched 19 points in 47 games for the Oilers and a single point in the four games in the Olympics.

The Yaroslav native is now headed for his fourth NHL team having suited up for the Los Angeles Kings, New York Islanders and the aforementioned Oilers. This move is a clear sign that the Oilers are starting their rebuilding process a bit a head of schedule owning the leagues worst record through the Olympic break.

For Gerbeskov, who is earning $3.15 million this season and is due to become a unrestricted free agent in the summer, he now joins a team that currently sits 7th in the west and could use him to bolster their blue line.

Comrade of the Night-Nikolai Khabibulin

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On Tuesday night Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin earned his 300th career win in the NHL with a shootout victory over the Dallas Stars. The Bulin wall made 30 saves to earn his first win as an Oiler he also becomes the first Russian-born NHL goalie to earn 300 wins.

By achieving a milestone like that he becomes the COTN by default because his feat can not be matched on day like this.

The Bulin Wall heads to oil country

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Nikolai Ivanovich Khabibulin has become the first Russian to sign a new contract for the 2009 off-season. The Sverdlovsk native will not be returning to Chicago where he has spent the last 4 years of his career opting to sign with the Edmonton Oilers instead.

Khabibulin signed a 4-year deal worth $15 million and will get $3.5 per season. Bulin is one win shy of 300 for his career and at 36, will bring experience to Edmonton who lost goalie Dwayne Roloson,39,to the Islanders just hours before.

This will be his fifth team after backstopping Winnipeg, Phoenix, Tampa Bay(where he won a cup) and of course Chicago respectively. Oilers fans will be happy to him between the pipes against the much hated Calgary Flames in the Battle of Alberta who he and the hawks disposed of in playoffs in April.

In the 40 games he started last year, Bulin went 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. He should have no problem adjusting to the harsh winters Edmonton has to offer as it not too cold from his native city of Sverdlovsk now Yekaterinburg.