Khabibulin has shoulder surgery, out 4-5 months

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Has Nikolai Khabibulin played his last game in the NHL?

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that the 40-year-old goalie underwent successful surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, news that raised the aforementioned question.

“The procedure went very well and I anticipate a full recovery,” Dr. Michael Terry said in a release. “He should be able to return to hockey in four to five months.”

Khabibulin is a pending unrestricted free agent and has struggled in limited appearances this season. If he can’t return this year, it’s hard to see the four-time All Star catching on with an NHL team next year.

But if he does retire, at least he’ll go out with a Stanley Cup ring (Tampa Bay, 2004).