Back surgery for Oilers' Khabibulin

January 14, 2010

Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin will have surgery Thursday to repair a herniated disc in his back and is expected to be out 12 weeks.

The Oilers didn't provide a timeline for his return, saying Wednesday that he's "out indefinitely," but Khabibulin's agent, Jay Grossman, said the goalie will need 12 weeks to recover.

Khabibulin, who signed a $15 million, four-year contract over the summer, hasn't played since Nov. 16. He's 7-9-2 with a 3.03 goals-against average.

•Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows has been fined $2,500 following his derisive comments regarding referee Stephane Auger after Monday's 3-2 loss to the Predators. Burrows accused Auger of exacting revenge on him because of an incident from a previous game in which the referee felt he embarrassed him by faking an injury to draw a major penalty.

Mike Danton, the former NHL player convicted of conspiracy to commit murder, has been cleared to play for Saint Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

• The Senators' Daniel Alfredsson, who hasn't played since suffering a separated left shoulder Dec. 23, could return Monday in Boston.

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