June 22nd, 2010, 3:23 pm
The news came down from Pollak (and the Sharks own site) that Evgeni Nabokov, who has been with the Sharks his entire career, will not be back for the 2010-2011 season. Avid readers of this blog and listeners to our podcast know that we have advocated this move since the season ended. That’s not to take anything away from Nabby- he’s been a stalwart goalie for the Sharks for many years, but given the Sharks cap situation and their bevy of young netminders already in the system, there’s no more room for a 35-year old goalie who will likely make something near his 2009-2010 salary of $5.3M. With Marleau, Pavelski, Setoguchi, and others to be signed, the money wasn’t there. It’s also not certain the money should be there, as Nabokov’s career and post-lockout SV% numbers do not put him in the ‘elite’ category.
We’re going to Select-A-Seat tonight, then recording the podcast. Stay tuned. Lots of other NHL news to talk about too.