The Chicago Blackhawks signed veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin to a one-year contract, CSNChicago.com reported Friday.
The Stanley Cup champion was in need of a backup goalie behind starter Corey Crawford after Ray Emery left for the Philadelphia Flyers as a free agent earlier in the day.
Financial terms were not available from the team, but agent Jay Grossman indicated via CSNChicago.com that the deal is for $2 million, which includes incentives. Khabibulin made $3.75 million this past season with the Edmonton Oilers.
Khabibulin played for the Blackhawks from 2005 to 2009 before he moved on to Edmonton.
In 2013 with the Oilers, the 40-year-old played in 12 games and posted a 4-6 record 2.54 goals-against average and an .923 save percentage.