The San Jose Sharks took the opportunity on a busy Tuesday afternoon to let goaltender Evgeni Nabokov know that he’s no longer a part of their plan.  Nabokov, one of the better regular season goalies of the last decade, was informed by Sharks general manager Doug Wilson that they’re choosing to move in a different direction in goal.  In 10 seasons with the Sharks Nabokov compiled a 293-215-29 record, but repeatedly faltered in the playoffs along with most of his San Jose teammates.

The 34-year old Russian will become a free agent on July 1st, and will likely command a decent amount of attention from several teams searching for help in net.  Of course, there’s always the possibility that Nabokov could bolt for the KHL in Russia.  Although, he has stated that his goal is still to win a Stanley Cup.

There will be a number of goaltenders on the open market come July 1st, and as David Pollak of Working the Corners has reported:

The Sharks general manager indicated he wanted to add another goalie to the organization, either through trade or a free agent signing, rather than rely entirely on younger goaltenders in the system such as Thomas Greiss or Alex Stalock. And this year, Wilson noted, there’s a generous supply of netminders in the marketplace.

Either through free agency, or via trade, the Sharks will have a new look in goal next season.  The decision to let Nabokov walk away should free up some cap space for Wilson to concentrate on long-term deals for Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and possibly bring back UFA Patrick Marleau.

Comments (6)

  1. I’m wondering if the Sharks have any interest in Thomas? Seems like a trade that would work while and could be done for very little, Marleau’s rights maybe also a conditional pick? I’m not thinking Boston will be to picky

  2. Office Space references are always a great way to start my day…

  3. I’m going to need you to go ahead and come in on Saturday….

  4. I’m not sure going after Thomas makes any sense at all for SJ. If they wanted a 35+y/o goalie making $5mil, they could just re-sign Nabokov. Nabokov is the same caliber goalie, is not coming off hip surgery, and would cost nothing to sign. Thomas would cost real assets via trade, and it’s not like the Sharks are burdened with bad contracts that they would send back to Boston. Doug Wilson is one of the most astute GM’s in the league, and this may be nothing more than a negotiating tactic with Nabokov on his part.

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  5. [...] to signing the NHL’s most prized free agent to a deal on the heels of the Nabokov signing.Doug Wilson let Nabokov know that he was no longer in the team’s plans a couple of weeks ago, but given the changing landscape of the goaltending market there was little [...]

  6. [...] parting:“The contract has been annulled by mutual consent because of family reasons”Nabokov and the San Jose Sharks parted ways after last season following Nabokov’s 10-year run with the team.  The 35-year old returned to his native [...]

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