Evgeni Nabokov Dropped From KHL Team. Will Any NHL Teams Take a Chance On Him?

December 13th, 2010 by Kyle W. Brown Leave a reply »
The former San Jose Sharks goaltender has been released from his KHL club, SKA St. Petersburg, with the club citing "family circumstances."

However, many are speculating that those family circumstances are just a nice, PR-friendly way of saying that their dreams of him returning to true form have been shattered.

After all, in Russia he was making a whopping $6 million, and has picked up an 8-8-5 record, a save percentage of just .888 and a goals against average over three.

But now that Nabokov is unemployed again, it is possible that the 35-year-old could return to the NHL.

Will any teams be looking at the Russian netminder who over his NHL career has almost 300 wins, a 2.39 GAA and a save percentage of .912? I'd say there are a few teams who wouldn't mind grabbing him.

The first team that comes to mind are the Blackhawks, who lost Antti Niemi to (of all teams) the Sharks this offseason. Starting goalie Marty Turco has been inconsistent over his career with Dallas, and has already been shaky at times this season. Nabokov could come in as a backup and take over should Turco fall into any bad spells like he has in the past.

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