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Khabibulin signs 4-year deal with Oilers
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Goalie Nikolai Khabibulin's time with the Blackhawks is over.


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Published: 7/1/2009 3:44 PM | Updated: 7/1/2009 8:35 PM

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The Edmonton Oilers are turning to another veteran goaltender.

Edmonton signed 36-year-old Nikolai Khabibulin to a four-year, 15-million deal on Wednesday. He'll replace 39-year-old Dwayne Roloson, who signed earlier in the day with the New York Islanders.

Khabibulin is a former Stanley Cup winner who spent last season with the Blackhawks, going 25-8-7 with a 2.33 goals-against average and .919 save percentage despite missing time due to a nagging groin injury.

"Nikolai is a world-class goaltender who has proven himself throughout his career as one of the best in the game," Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said in a release. "He has had success at many levels of hockey and we're looking forward to seeing him continue that success here in Edmonton."

Khabibulin joins his fifth NHL team after stops with the Blackhawks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Phoenix Coyotes and Winnipeg Jets. He helped the Lightning to the Stanley Cup title in 2004.

Sedin twins sign: Daniel and Henrik Sedin have agreed to five-year contract extensions with the Vancouver Canucks less than an hour before the start of free agency. The Canucks gave the identical twins matching $30.5 million deals, keeping them with the team that drafted them second and third overall in 1999.

The Sedins led the Canucks in scoring for the last three seasons, averaging close to a point a game over that time, including 82 points each last season. Just before they could test their market worth, they agreed to remain with Vancouver.

"We said we wanted to stay and that's been our main goal, but the longer it went the more thinking we had to do," Daniel said. "But in the end it was an easy choice and the right one."

Tip-ins: Ducks captain Scott Niedermayer is staying in Anaheim after signing a one-year deal Wednesday worth $6 million plus bonuses. ... The Colorado Avalanche signed Craig Anderson, a former Blackhawks goalie, to a two-year contract. The 28-year-old Anderson ranked third in the league last season with a .924 save percentage in 31 games. ... The St. Louis Blues, seeking to add depth at the goaltender position, signed free-agent Ty Conklin (2.51 goals against average, .909 save percentage with Detroit last season). ...

Montreal signed center Mike Cammalleri and defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill. The Canadiens signed Cammalleri to a five-year, $30-million contract, Spacek to a three-year deal worth $11.5-million, and Gill - fresh off a Stanley Cup title with the Pittsburgh Penguins - for two years and $4.5 million. ... The Washington Capitals addressed their need for a scoring winger, signing right wing Mike Knuble (27 goals, 20 assists) to a two-year, $5.6 million deal. ... Carolina is keeping Erik Cole (18 G, 24 A), agreeing to a two-year deal with the physical forward. ...

Seeking depth at center, the Columbus Blue Jackets signed free agent Samuel Pahlsson to a three-year contract. Also in need of a backup goaltender behind rookie of the year Steve Mason, the Jackets added Mathieu Garon. The 31-year-old Pahlsson played for Anaheim and the Hawks last season, totaling 7 goals and 11 assists in 65 games. ... Defenseman Mike Komisarek signed a five-year, $22.5-million deal to join the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... The Florida Panthers agreed to a six-year contract extension with David Booth (31 G, 29 A). ... The Rangers are hitting back, signing top enforcer Donald Brashear right after losing tough guy Colton Orr to the Toronto Maple Leafs. ... The Islanders signed veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson to a two-year, $5 million contract, luring him away from the Edmonton Oilers, who refused to go beyond one year for the 39-year-old netminder. ... The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Pavel Kubina (14 G, 26 A) from Toronto in a four-player trade.