How the extreme DUI guilty decision may affect Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin

Thumbnail image for Bulin.jpgIn case you haven’t heard already, Nikolai Khabibulin was found guilty of the following charges.

  1. Driving under the influence of alcohol (with a BAC level above .08 percent).
  2. An extreme DUI
  3. Excessive speeding

Although the sentencing hearing hasn’t been determined just yet, it is certain that Khabibulin will face at least 30 days in prison for his bad judgment. Keep in mind, though, that such a penalty is the minimum punishment for the Russian goalie’s convictions.

The question is, what are some of the other possibilities that might result? Let’s take a look at the legal ramnifications first, according to this article from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

  • His maximum sentence is a whopping six months in jail.
  • He could serve time in the notorious Arizona correctional facility known as “Tent City.” That’s a place in which inmates eat substandard food and face considerable embarrassment as punishment for their indiscretions.

Let’s not forget some of the other legal headaches that most people would consider “peripheral.” (Source: Travis Hughes of SB Nation.)

  • He might have to pay over $2,000 worth of fines.
  • The state of Arizona might require him to do some community service.
  • I’ll let the document Hughes cited do the talking for this punishment.

Shall be required by the department, on receipt of the report of conviction, to equip any motor vehicle the person operates with a certified ignition interlock device pursuant to section 28-3319. In addition, the court may order the person to equip any motor vehicle the person operates with a certified ignition interlock device for more than twelve months beginning on the date of reinstatement of the person’s driving privilege following a suspension or revocation or on the date of the department’s receipt of the report of conviction, whichever occurs later.

Finally, let’s not forget the possible hockey repercussions. Matheson points out that Khabibulin would miss at least two weeks of training camp. While it’s far fetched (especially if the sentence is only for a month), the Edmonton Oilers may even attempt to use the “morals clause” in Khabibulin’s albatross contract to make his deal go away.*

* – There will most likely be more on this subject later.

So, again, we don’t have the dates in which his punishment will be revealed yet. That being said, this enormous headache keeps getting worse for the Oilers. Khabibulin’s judge simply owns the power to decide whether this will be a “migraine” or a “nuclear meltdown” for Edmonton.

What an ugly, ugly situation. Stay tuned for more on this subject soon.

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    Sens’ Hoffman leaves game vs. Jets with lower-body injury

    OTTAWA, ON - NOVEMBER 13: Mike Hoffman #68 of the Ottawa Senators skates against the Minnesota Wild at Canadian Tire Centre on November 13, 2016 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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    The Ottawa Senators will need a comeback effort today in order to take over top spot in the Atlantic Division.

    Making matters more difficult: The Senators, in action today against the Winnipeg Jets and having gone down two goals after the first period, will strive for that without forward Mike Hoffman, one of their best scorers.

    Hoffman left the game in the first period and will not return, the Senators said, because of a lower-body injury.

    With a win today, the Senators would move into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens at 70 points, but they would take over first place in the division because they have fewer games played.

    Hoffman is tied with Kyle Turris for second on the Senators in goal scoring with 19 goals.

    WATCH LIVE: Blackhawks at Sabres

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    A three-game winning streak has the Buffalo Sabres right back into the playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

    They’ll go for four wins in a row when they host the Chicago Blackhawks, who sit second in the Central Division, on Sunday (6 p.m. ET). You can check out the game on NBCSN or online with the NBC Sports’ Live Extra.

    CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE

    Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:

    Blackhawks’ winning streak goes bye thanks to Talbot, Oilers

    ‘Hawks are happy with rookies’ progress

    Goalie Nods: Lehner looks to lead Sabres to fourth win in a row

    Sabres win third in a row to stay in playoff race

    Goalie Nods: Lehner looks to lead Sabres to fourth win in a row

    BUFFALO, NY - JANUARY 15:  Robin Lehner #40 of the Buffalo Sabres defends the net against the Boston Bruins at First Niagara Center on January 15, 2016 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jen Fuller/NHLI via Getty Images)
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    With three consecutive wins — and six wins in their past nine — the Buffalo Sabres are trying to keep things interesting in the Eastern Conference playoff race, entering play on Saturday just two points out of a wild card spot.

    One of the biggest reasons for their success in recent weeks has been the fantastic play of starting goaltender Robin Lehner.

    Not only has he won four of his past five starts (including all three during the Sabres’ current winning streak), but he has probably been the driving force behind that surge with a .949 save percentage, allowing more than two goals just once during that stretch.

    In three of those games he has made at least 37 saves.

    Lehner has been a pretty big positive for the Sabres this season overall with a .926 save percentage.

    Since joining Buffalo at the start of the 2015-16 he is at .925 putting him with the best goaltenders in the league.

    They are going to need him to be great on Sunday evening again with a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

    The Blackhawks are starting Scott Darling.

    Elsewhere on Sunday…

    — In the afternoon games it was Phillip Grubauer vs. Henrik Lundqvist in the Rangers-Capitals game and Matt Murray vs. Petr Mrazek in the Penguins-Red Wings game in Pittsburgh.

    Mike Condon draws back in for the Ottawa Senators when they look to move into a first place tie in the Atlantic Division. Connor Hellebuyck goes for the Jets.

    Sergei Bobrovsky will be in net for the Columbus Blue Jackets when they host the Nashville Predators. No official word from Nashville yet but with Pekka Rinne taking the loss on Saturday it would make sense to see Juuse Saros get the start.

    Thomas Greiss gets the night off for the New York Islanders after he played on Saturday, which means Jean-Francois Berube goes when they take on the New Jersey Devils in the second half of their back-to-back. Keith Kinkaid gets the start for the Devils to give Cory Schneider a night off.

    — Nothing official from Toronto yet but look for the Maple Leafs to give Curtis McElhinney the start in Carolina against the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have not announced their starter.

    Calvin Pickard is expected to start for Colorado when the Avalanche host the Tampa Bay Lightning. No word yet from the Lightning on their starter.

    — The Boston Bruins go for their fourth win in a row when they take on the San Jose Sharks on Sunday night. It will be Tuukka Rask in net for the Bruins with Martin Jones going for the Sharks.

    — The Kings and Ducks have not announced their starters yet.

    — After leading the Canucks to a win over the Calgary Flames on Saturday night Ryan Miller is going right back in the net for the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday night when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers.

    Devils make Cammalleri healthy scratch for second straight game

    NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 27:  Michael Cammalleri #13 of the New Jersey Devils looks up while waiting for a faceoff in an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Prudential Center on December 27, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey.  Penguins won 5-2.  (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
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    The New Jersey Devils made slumping forward Mike Cammalleri a healthy scratch for the first time in his career on Saturday evening for their 3-2 win over the New York Islanders, and he was not exactly thrilled about it.

    He will remain a healthy scratch on Sunday night for the second half of their home-and-home series with the Islanders, most likely because NHL coaches are hesitant to make any sort of change to a lineup after a win.

    That means with the Devils winning on Saturday, Cammalleri remains in the press box on Sunday.

    With 17 points in his first 18 games this season Cammalleri was off to a promising start for the Devils. But everything has been downhill for him ever since with no goals in his past 18 games, only one in his past 33.

    He has 12 assists during that same stretch.