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Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin sentenced to 30 days in jail for DUI arrest

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin has been sentenced to 30 days in jail stemming from his Arizona drunken-driving conviction.

The four-time all-star received the sentence Tuesday in Scottsdale City Court. He also was fined US$5,100 and must enrol in an alcohol-treatment program.

He was ordered to report to jail Saturday, but that could be delayed because he's appealing his sentence.

"He's made a mistake," said Oilers GM Steve Tambellini during a press conference Tuesday. "Let me assure you this organization is treating this very seriously.

"As far as any discussion on discipline ... all that has to wait. Can he come to training camp at this point? Yes."

The 37-year-old played for Phoenix from 1996-99 and still has a home in Paradise Valley. He was pulled over in his Ferrari on Feb. 8, after the car was clocked at 110 km/h in a 70 km/h zone.

Police said an officer smelled alcohol and Khabibulin was arrested after a field sobriety test.

Khabibulin signed a four-year, $15 million deal with Edmonton last year.

—With files from The Canadian Press

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