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Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, left, speaks with his lawyer Mark Dubiel after being convicted of drunk driving in Scottsdale, Ariz., in August 2010. Khabibulin has dropped his appeal in the case and will report to jail on Saturday. ((CBC))

Edmonton Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin will turn himself in at an Arizona jail on Saturday after appearing before a judge in Scottsdale on Tuesday to drop his appeal of a drunk driving conviction.

Khabibulin was caught driving with a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit on Feb. 8, 2010. He was pulled over for speeding in his Ferrari near his Scottsdale home.

Mark Dubiel, Khabibulin's lawyer, said the goalie decided to drop the appeal for practical reasons.

"By the beginning of July it became apparent that probably we wouldn't have a decision from the court of appeals until sometime in August and Nikolai felt that would jeopardize training camp and he did not want that to happen," Dubiel said.  

In a news release sent to CBC, Khabibulin said he readily accepts the lawful sentence that has been imposed. That includes 15 days in jail, then 15 days of house arrest during which he must wear an electronic monitoring bracelet.

The 30-day sentence was the minimum Khabibulin could have received. He could have faced as much as six months in jail.

He must also take part in alcohol counselling.

The Oilers have said they wouldn't comment on Khabibulin's future with the club until the appeal process was complete.