It appears that Nikolai Khabibulin will in fact, serve a 30 day jail sentence for drunk driving.
Yesterday, Khabibulin decided to withdraw his appeal and will serve jail time in the very near future. The Russian net-minder dropped the appeal believing that the case would interfere with the start of the Oilers training camp.
Khabibulin's lawyer, Mark Dubiel said that his client will spend 15 days in prison while the other half will be spent under house arrest. It is expected that the he will also wear an ankle monitor and will be given random alcohol tests. He is also ordered to pay a $1500 fine and will complete an an alcohol program.
Khabibulin said in a statement "Despite assurance by legal counsel regarding the strength of my appeals case, I have decided to withdraw my appeal and proceed with sentencing. Once completed I eagerly anticipate a timely return to Edmonton for training camp where I will strive to be the best player, teammate and citizen possible."
In Feb 8th 2010, Khabibulin was pulled over in his Ferrari for going 70 m.p.h in a 45 m.p.h. zone. According to Phoenix Police, the officer smelled alcohol and promptly administered a sobriety test. It appeared that Khabibulin's blood-alcohol was level was at .164, which is twice the legal limit.
"Oh I remember that!" Friday July 29 2011