Nikolai Khabibulin's legal woes will not be resolved until the end of September as his defense team continues to push for a trial by a jury. The judge today said that he would set a date later this week and if Khabibulin wants a jury trial, he will have to wait until September 29th. This sets up all kinds of interesting subplots for the Oilers.
Should Khabibulin fail to report to camp, Tyler at MC79Hockey thinks that there is a slight - emphasis on slight - chance that the Oilers may be able to get out of the contract for breach of contract. If Khabibulin is convicted, there are even more scenarios to consider - six months of jail time, thirty days of jail time, a felony that would prevent him from moving freely between the United Stats and Canada... the list is rife with possibilities for a very funny column by Ben.
There's always the possibility that Khabibulin sees the Long Term Injured Reserve list, seeing as how even his doctor says he's well behind schedule in his rehabilitation, though Steve Tambellini said that everything was just fine with "Nik". One thing is certain - the three-headed goalie monster is back in Edmonton. Khabibulin's uncertain status means that Jeff Deslauriers and Devan Dubnyk will start the season on the roster with Khabibulin.