Evgeni Nabokov: Why the San Jose Sharks Should Let Him Walk

June 3rd, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks are currently in the beginning stages of an offseason that is already the most talked about offseason in franchise history.

Considering that their captain Rob Blake, leading goal scorer Patrick Marleau, and starting net-minder Evgeni Nabokov are all unrestricted free agents, there is potential for major changes.

But those are just the headline players that may or may not return. The actual story of who may or may not return runs much deeper.

Several under the radar but key players are also unrestricted free agents in Scott Nichol, Manny Malhotra, and Jed Ortmeyer.

Furthermore, second line scoring forwards Joe Pavelski and Devin Setoguchi are restricted free agents.

Now, conceivably, all of these players could return next season under the salary cap depending on whether or not the unrestricted free agents take home town discounts and how much of a pay increase the two marquee restricted free agents will earn.

However, even if Evgeni Nabokov would be willing to take a discount to remain in San Jose, the best move for the Sharks is to let the soon-to-be 35 year old find work elsewhere.

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