San Jose Sharks Announce They Will Not Re-Sign Evgeni Nabokov

June 23rd, 2010 by MJ Kasprzak Leave a reply »
We all knew it was coming, but it is still a sad day for San Jose Sharks fans.

Tuesday, the San Jose Sharks officially said they would not be bringing back Evgeni Nabokov. Next season will be the goalie's first in another NHL uniform.

Sure, there might be a few out there who blame Nabby for the team's playoff failures. It is only natural: Nabokov has been the guy in net for the playoffs in all but one season over the last decade. The team's failures are his.

True, Patrick Marleau has been on the ice for those failures, too. He has even been the team's captain for most of them. And the reality is he has more playoff failures.

But there is no position in all of sports as important as the goalie. They are the only players assigned a record for wins and losses, and always get too much credit and too much blame.

More than that, their failures are magnified. In a game in which scoring chances often number more than two dozen, they are expected to allow fewer than three goals.

Thus, the spotlight shines on every goal scored, and any mistakes are dissected. No goalie is perfect, and even 50-foot wrist shots will go in ...

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