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post So Long, Nabby

June 22nd, 2010, 3:23 pm

Filed under: blog — Written by Mike

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.

3 Comments to “So Long, Nabby”

  1. Tom says:

    I realize it is the best decision for the Sharks but I’m still really sad to see Nabby go. He’s been a favorite of mine for a while. It’s gonna be sad to see another goaltender lead the Sharks out of the locker room on opening night.

    I hope he does really well, where ever he goes… in the East….

    Nabby in Philly orange anyone?

    • Ian says:

      I am in total agreement Tom, I will always have a lot of respect for Nabby but the move is for the best.

      I think Tampa may take a serious look at him.

  2. Tom says:

    Just heard DW on Chronicle live say that every one of his unsigned players, “to a man”, including Patrick Marleau and Manny Malhotra, approached him wanting to get a deal done before July 1st. DW said right now’ “Its just about money”.

    Good news that neither player wants to test free agency and wants to come back.

    Pretty much assures they are both coming back in my opinion anyways…

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