Nikolai Khabibulin focusing on hockey
"It is what it is," the 37-year-old Russian goalie said Friday. "It's not something I wish I had to go through. It's hard on everybody -- my family, my wife, my daughter. ... When everything gets resolved, we'll deal with it. I try not to read the newspapers."
Khabibulin, who played for Phoenix from 1996 to 1999 and has a home in Paradise Valley, was pulled over Feb. 8 in his Ferrari after the car was clocked at 70 mph in a 45-mph zone. Police said an officer smelled alcohol and Khabibulin was arrested after a field sobriety test.
He was convicted on three counts last month, received a minimum 30-day sentence, was fined $5,100 and ordered to enroll in an alcohol-treatment program. His lawyer immediately appealed, but didn't say on what grounds. The appeals process could last months or even a year.
Khabibulin is in the second year of a four-year, $15 million deal he signed as a free agent. He played just 18 games last season before a herniated disk in his back forced him to have surgery in January.
"As of right now, I'm feel like I'm healthy," he said. "For me, if I can play 60 games at a high level, that would be pretty good."
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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