Evgeni Nabokov Traded to Sharks, Reportedly Plans to Retire with San Jose

February 9th, 2015 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Evgeni Nabokov is headed back to the San Jose Sharks. For now.   

The Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning agreed to a trade Monday that will send the 39-year-old goaltender back to his old stomping grounds for as-yet-to-be-announced future considerations.

Chris Johnston of SportsNet reported the deal was completed so Nabokov can retire as a Shark:

Selected No. 219 overall in the 1994 draft, Nabokov spent a decade-and-a-half in the San Jose organization. He was the Sharks' primary goaltender for nine of those years, taking over full time in 2000-01 and emerging as one of the game's best netminders. He won more games than he lost in seven of his nine seasons as the team's starter, also holding a goals against average below 2.5 in seven campaigns.     

Twice named to an All-Star team, Nabokov won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2001 and was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2008. He is the franchise record holder for wins (293) and shutouts (50), becoming one of the longest-tenured San Jose players before his departu ...

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