Nikolai Khabibulin wasn't sure if he would still be a member of the Edmonton Oilers following the NHL trade deadline.

As a proven starting goaltender having a solid season, there was talk Khabibulin may be on the move to a contending team looking for insurance.

But whether the interest was not there or the offers were not to the Oilers' liking, Khabibulin remained. And with a year left on his contract after this season, he's still part of the picture moving forward.

"I'm happy here, and I think the team is going to be very good, probably as early as next year," Khabibulin said. "For any athlete you want to play in the playoffs, but at the same time, I'd like to finish what I've started.

"We haven't been good for the last two and a half years. I want to see this group succeed and if I'm still part of it, it's a satisfying feeling."

Heading towards the end the season, the Oilers obviously felt Khabibulin was an asset not worth parting with. The veteran goaltender has bounced back this season after a disastrous 2010-11 campaign.