Garth Snow and the Waiver Wire Fail of This Era

February 3rd, 2011 by Jason Klau Leave a reply »
The former San Jose Sharks goaltender might have made the biggest mistake of his career when he left the NHL to go to Russia.

Even though his contract was for a boatload of bucks (four years and the equivalent of $6,000,000 per year, tax free in the KHL), it was clear he really wanted to come back stateside. When he voided his own contract in Russia to sign a league minimum deal with the Detroit Red Wings, he did it for one reason and one reason only: to win a Stanley Cup.

Let’s not forget that he played on some very good San Jose teams that were just about always favored, but just couldn’t get it done come playoff time. After some years of serious chokes, the Sharks got all the way to the Conference Finals, but were ousted by the eventual champion Chicago Blackhawks. So when Evgeni Nabokov left millions on the table for another shot at a Stanley Cup ring, he didn’t think anyone would stand in his way.

But the CBA got the best of him. Any player who is leaving a contract in another professional league must pass through waivers after signing his contract. Nabokov and Red Wings GM Ken Holland saw this as a possible problem, so the ...

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