SUNRISE, Fla. - The question Hawks GM Dale Tallon and his people have to be asking themselves with the March 4 trade deadline now less than two weeks away is this: Can Nikolai Khabibulin stay healthy the rest of the season and into the playoffs?
Khabibulin presently is sidelined for the second time this season with a leg/groin injury and there is no timetable for his return.
Maybe this latest injury has the Hawks thinking hard again about trading Khabibulin before the deadline and going with Cristobal Huet, especially with Khabibulin set to walk in July as a free agent.
While the Hawks are better with Khabibulin in net, what good is he if he's not on the ice?
Who needs a goalie? Philadelphia, for one. The Flyers are talking with Atlanta about Kari Lehtonen, but wouldn't they rather have the playoff-tested Khabibulin?
Washington is looking for a goalie. So is Detroit, but the Hawks couldn't do that. Could they?
Does Anaheim need a goalie? Just asking. The Ducks need some jolt.
Are the Canadiens happy with Carey Price?
It's going to be an interesting two weeks.