OK, Fred Chabot can go back to his real job coaching goalies instead of tending the net as a practice stand-in for Nikolai Khabibulin.

"I didn't get a chance to see him. How did he look? Was he a butterfly goalie who wouldn't go down?" asked Khabibulin.

Chabot, who once played in Los Angeles with Jamie Storr, Canada's world junior goalie hero when the 1995 championship was held in Red Deer, did just fine for two days at the Edmonton Oilers practice. He flashed the leather. He was certainly more agile than the Shooter Tutor. But he's 44 in February. Chabot's best puck-stopping days are behind him.

Khabibulin isn't hurt. The Oilers didn't come out Wednesday and say their No. 1 guy had a groin pull or his hip was a little out of whack so they were calling in a replacement from Oklahoma City before their flight to Phoenix. He was just resting those bones, weary as well as aged.