Canadian Corner – August 15, 2011.

Nikolai Khabibulin is released from jail, and Carey Price and Mike Cammalleri are cover boys for a notable hockey yearbook.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: reports Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been released from Arizona’s notorious tent city jail after serving 15 days for a drunk driving charge.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Khabibulin is expected to be ready for Oilers training camp when it opens in mid-September. The question now for Oilers fans is, how well will Khabibulin perform this season? I don’t believe he’ll have any lingering psychological scars from his jail time which will hamper his play. I’d be more concerned about how well he can play at age 38, given his injury history.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone reports on the blog “Hockey Inside/Out” Carey Price is on the cover of the Quebec edition of The Hockey News yearbook, and Mike Cammalleri is on the French edition.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yep, it’s a slow news day for Canadian hockey news, folks. 


  1. Lol…. Is one of those hockey news yearbooks printed with English too? Because, what’s the difference in a “Quebec” and “French” edition? Also because I hate having to read my hockey bible every year with a Leafs player on the cover that has done nothing for half a dozen years. Atleast the pool book had the last two art Ross winners, which is understandable. Anyways. Ya. Sounds like a slow news day/week. Oh, and kostitsyn better be traded before the season starts.

  2. As a oilers fan, I hope his injury history derails him in preseason warm ups, he quickly falls over on to his side clutches his ankle, pulls a back muscle, grabs a two-6 of greygoose, goes back to Arizona to terrorize local neighborhoods and never plays in our net again! Lots of younger but aged goaltenders out there to replace his veteran leadership? Give doobie the riens in net, maybe throw a one year deal towards Emery.. I know he’s got an invite to Chi-camp but! He’d have a better shot at decent playing time in the Edm. And he’d be another guy to protect our young guns!! Lol.