San Jose Sharks Goaltending: Getting Down to the Nitty Gritty

August 7th, 2010 by Phenom Jay Leave a reply »

With the departure of goalie Evgeni Nabokov, Shark fans look toward the 2010-2011 season with a measure of trepidation and uncertainty as well as excitement. For those fans who have a sense of doom or fear about the upcoming season, you aren't jumping to conclusions.

It's not every day your hockey team lets the NHL's winningest regular season goaltender the past 3 years walk with no real "replacement."

Nabokov was consistently remarkable during the regular season and a workhorse. Last year he put up a remarkable regular season posting a .922 save percentage; the Sharks allowed the 8th highest shot total in the NHL.

His highlight reel would bring about a bluster of emotions for many fans, myself included. Sadly, there is no happy ending for that movie.

For those looking toward the season with excitement because of the change, you aren't jumping to conclusions either. Fact is, Nabokov did not deliver in the big moments and could not outperform the other goalie when it counted. Some point to a workload issue; some point to defensive lapses; some point to offensive ineptitude when the team needed a goal the most.

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