Detroit Red Wings Will Sign Evgeni Nabokov, but He’ll Never Be a Red Wing

January 20th, 2011 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »
Multiple sources, including and the NHL's media site, are reporting that the Red Wings are about to sign veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov to an undisclosed deal that would see him return to the NHL.

Nabokov signed a four-year deal over the summer to play in the KHL. However, after a lackluster start to his season with SKA St. Petersburg, the team released the goalie, making him an unrestricted free agent.

The decision to sign Nabokov is curious inasmuch as Detroit has a starting goalie in Jimmy Howard, and though veteran backup Chris Osgood is on the shelf with a groin injury for the next six weeks, he is expected to continue his season with the Red Wings.

Regardless of the reasons for the signing, it seems almost certain that Nabokov will never put on a Red Wings sweater.

As the St. Louis Blues have discovered twice this season, signing a former NHL player from the KHL is no guarantee that that player will join your team.

The Blues signed both Marek Svatos and Kyle Wellwood to contracts that would have ostensibly made them St. Louis Blues.

However, due to the fact that such players must go through re-en ...

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