Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Hawks trying to nab the Bulin Wall
The Chicago Blackhawks are among the front runners to sign goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin, league sources tell the Chicago Tribune.
General manager Dale Tallon would not confirm which players the team is pursuing but did say he has offers on the table and expects to know more in the next few days.
"We made some offers to some players," Tallon tells the Daily Herald Times. "We're talking to everybody - upper (free agents), middle, lower. We're trying to find the best fit for our team."
Khabibulin, who led the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Stanley Cup championship in 2004, is the premiere goaltender on the free agent market. However, he's expected to ask for the maximum allowable under the CBA, $7.8-million.
He has already turned down a five year deal believed to be worth between $5-million and $6-million a year from the Lightning.