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Evgeni Malkin Out With Lower-Body Injury

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Evgeni Nabokov Announces His Retirement

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov today formally announced his retirement from the game of hockey, completing 14 stellar seasons in the National Hockey League – ten of which he spent as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

Nabokov, 39, holds nearly every major San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (293) and shutouts (50).

“Growing up in Kazakhstan in the 1980’s, I never could have dreamed of making it to the NHL and playing against the best players in the world,” said Nabokov. “I’m really proud to be able to finish my career where I started in San Jose and where I had my best years. This is my home and this is where my heart is.”

Nabokov finishes his remarkable career ranked 18th on the NHL’s all-time wins list (353), 17th in shutouts (59) and 25th in games played by a goaltender (697).

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Evgeni Nabokov Traded To San Jose Where He Will Make An Announcement On Wednesday

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Evgeni Nabokov from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for future considerations.

Originally drafted by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft, the 39-year old Nabokov holds nearly every San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (154) and shutouts (50).

Nabokov will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Wednesday, February 11 at SAP Center at Noon. More information to follow.

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A Tough Day In Tampa As Evgeni Nabokov Clears Waivers

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes at the Tampa Bay Times,

As backup goalie Evgeni Nabokov cleared waivers Monday, the Lightning started moving on without its veteran presence.

“It’s a somber feeling right now,” goalie Ben Bishop said after Monday’s practice at Amalie Arena....

Nabokov, 39, hasn’t yet announced whether he intends to retire or pursue other playing options now that he’s cleared waivers. He’s three games shy of reaching the 700-game milestone in the NHL.

“You dread things like that ever having to happen…” coach Jon Cooper said. “Sometimes the reality that this is a business comes out. It’s an extremely tough situation.”

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Lightning’s Ben Bishop leaves Bolts-Pens game with ‘lower-body injury’

There's no video of it yet, but this is very worrisome news if you're a Tampa Bay Lightning fan, per the Tampa Bay Times' Joe Smith and via NHL.com:

The Lightning lost to the Penguins 4-2 on Monday night and has dropped four of its past five.

But its biggest loss might have been goaltender Ben Bishop, who left the game after the first period with a lower-body injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but with two back-to-backs this week, including tonight in Philadelphia, the Lightning could call up touted prospect Andrei Vasilevskiy or Kristers Gudlevskis.

Veteran Evgeni Nabokov replaced Bishop to start the second and gave up two goals to the Eastern Conference-leading Penguins, who have beaten the Lightning 10 straight times (8-0-2) since 2011.


Back to Bishop. Losing him for any period of time would be a big blow. A Vezina Trophy finalist last season, Bishop entered Monday 16-6-2 with a 2.34 goals against average. Calling up [Andrei] Vasilevskiy could make sense, as he's coming off AHL player of the week honors after back-to-back shutouts with Syracuse.


Update: Uh oh, the groin:

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Islanders plan on trading 5th overall draft pick for NHL help

According to Newsday's Arthur Staple, the New York Islanders may own the 5th overall pick in the NHL draft, but they don't plan on using it to draft an 18-year-old:

he Islanders have the fifth pick in Friday's draft and, rather than going into draft weekend looking to add to their prospect pool as in years past, Islanders general manager Garth Snow is looking to trade that pick for NHL-ready talent after an unsuccessful season.

"We're open to trading the pick for someone we think can come in and help us right away," Snow said recently.

After spending last summer plugging smaller holes and prioritizing long-term deals for his own restricted free agents, Snow clearly wants to upgrade his roster this summer. He began doing it early, trading a fourth-round pick May 1 to the Caps for the rights to goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who signed a four-year, $18-million deal three weeks later to become the presumptive No. 1 goaltender the Isles haven't had.

The Islanders still need a backup or two, with Evgeni Nabokov having turned down a one-year offer. But now Snow's main focus is using that fifth pick to find either a top-pair defenseman or a top-line left wing to play alongside John Tavares and Kyle Okposo.


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Should The Islanders Resign Evgeni Nabokov?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The last stretch of the Islanders' season isn't just for evaluating the young players who have been rotating through the lineup.

Evgeni Nabokov, for example, isn't signed for next season. He's had two injuries, including a groin problem that cost him a month and left the Isles hanging during their ugly November and December.

But he showed on Sunday a little bit of why the Islanders might be interested in a fourth season employing the 38-year-old in a backup role next season.

Most obvious were the 41 saves in a 2-0 win over the Blue Jackets, including 33 in the final two periods. Nabokov has lamented not making the key save at key times. His .912 even-strength save percentage ranks ahead of only the Devils' Cory Schneider and Martin Brodeur among NHL goaltenders who start a majority of their team's games.


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Video- Two Goalies Go Down With Lower-Body Injuries

First we have Nikolai Khabibulin scrambling on his knees to make a save after he suffered a lower-body injury.


Below, Evgeni Nabokov appears to have suffered the same type of injury...

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Morning Line

"We can't be thinking about the playoffs right now. It's our goal, but I think it's wrong. We can't talk about playoffs now -- this year's playoffs, last year, we need to forget about this. If we're going to think about Pittsburgh Penguins playoff in October . . . We're not going to make it far."

-Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders.  More on Nabokov from Arthur Staple of Newsday.

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Nabokov Staying With The Islanders

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Morning Line

"Maybe we play hungrier, a little bit on the edge, with a little swagger, I think sometimes it helps. You look at the top teams, Pittsburgh, Boston -- they have a little swagger, a little cockiness, in a good way. We need to find that a little, and it's not easy when you're at home, you have a bad record. You have to say almost, 'To hell with it.' "

-Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders.  More leadership talk regarding the Islanders from Arthur Staple of Newsday.

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Nabokov Staying With Islanders For One More Year

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Evgeni Nabokov’s new one-year deal with the NYI is $2.75M. The deal does NOT include a No Move or No Trade clause.

added 11:55am,

UNIONDALE, NY (March 21, 2012) – The New York Islanders announced today that goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2012-13 season.

“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov said. “We have a great group in the locker room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.”

Nabokov, has a 17-18-3 record this season with a 2.56 goals against average and a .912 save percentage. The Kamenogorsk, KZ, native leads all Islanders goalies in games played, wins, goals against average and saves percentage. He is 11-7-3 in his last 21 games.

“Evgeni has proven that he can still play at an elite level in the NHL,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He’s given us a chance to win every night and we’re excited to have him back for another season.”


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Garth Snow Has No Intention Of Moving Nabokov

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“Yeah, we have a lot of belief in that locker room,” Isles GM Garth Snow told ESPN.com Wednesday. “Within the last few weeks, we’ve really turned it up a notch as a team. Our specialty teams have improved. We’re just looking forward to the next game.”

Veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov has been lights-out of late. He’s slated for unrestricted free agency July 1, which is why his name is often floated in trade rumors, but that’s not what Snow has in mind at this point.

“We have no intention of moving Evgeni,” Snow said. “He’s been great for us. His performance speaks for itself.”

There haven’t been any contract talks between the Islanders and Nabokov’s camp, but it’s not out of the question down the road.

“Yeah, we’d consider all options, we’re just not at that point yet,” said Snow. “We just finished [signing] Frans [Nielsen] and we obviously have a few other players who are unrestricted free agents in July, so we’ll just chip away at them.”

more of the latest trade talk around the league…

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Video- Nabokov Stops The Shot, Goes Down In Pain

I’m no doctor and I don’t claim to be one either, but that looks like a right groin problem.

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Afternoon Line

“It was probably the best 10 years of my life out there and I don’t think it will be replaceable. But we have to move on. Life is still on and all I want to do is play hockey. But that organization did nothing but the best stuff for me, the fans were absolutely awesome out there.”

-Evgeni Nabokov, goaltender for the New York Islanders speaking about his time with the San Jose Sharks.  More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Are Teams Interested In Evgeni Nabokov?

from Katie Strang of the New York Hockey Blog at ESPN New York,

The Islanders could be showcasing the 36-year-old netminder in hopes of trading him.

Capuano’s decision was a puzzling one, especially since starter Al Montoya played so well in the team’s first three games. The 26-year-old is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.

Nabokov, one of three goaltenders that made the team out of training camp, received little playing time this preseason and was scratched the first two regular-season games. The former Vezina Trophy finalist makes his first start Saturday after a lengthy layoff; he last played in an NHL game in May 2010.

Asked if any teams have inquired about Nabokov, general manager Garth Snow said through a team spokesman that he “doesn’t discuss his dealings with other GM’s.”

Scouts from Vancouver, Carolina, San Jose, Phoenix and Columbus are listed on the Islanders seating chart for Saturday’s game.

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Nabby’s back—on the Island


What are the Islanders getting from Nabokov?

    Nabokov is going to play for the Islanders this season,  and he’s showing off his new mask.  He’s keeping with the same theme on his mask, with the swamp zombie skull head, only this time the swamp zombie is done up in Islanders colors. The question is, after most of last season off, will Nabokov be fresh, healed, and ready to play, or is he liable to find himself stale?

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5 Questions Heading Into Training Camp


With rookie camp beginning September 10th and full team practices beginning on September 17th, TII looks at five questions for the Islanders heading into training camp.

1. What will happen with the Josh Bailey contract negotiations?
Bailey and the Isles really need to come to an agreement before training camp begins or it could start getting ugly.  Owner Charles Wang will stick to his strategy that no player will be on the team during the season if they are not signed before training camp.  One sticking point in contract negotiations may be the length of the deal.  The Islanders have a lot of good centers on their team and have a lot of good center prospects in their system.  While Bailey is still very young at 21, he needs to begin producing in line with being the 9th overall draft pick or the Isles may be forced to go in a different direction.  There has been a lot of trade speculation about Bailey and I think the Isles may still be looking to add a veteran defenseman before the season starts.  If the Isles are committed to Bailey, they need to sign him in the very near future or things could get ugly.  I think the team and Bailey will come to an agreement soon, but it is not as much of a guarantee as once thought.


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Breaking Down the Goaltending Situation on Long Island


The three candidates to start this season:
Rick DiPietro-Last season was an injury shortened season for DiPietro and when he did play he put up very bloated stats with an .886 save percentage and a 3.44 goals against.  DiPietro is by no means the anointed starter for the Islanders-putting aside his huge long-term contract.  DiPietro better look out because if he is outperformed in camp by both Montoya and Nabokov, I think there is a strong possibility that he won’t even be on the team to start the season.  The Islanders need to do what’s best for the team here and if they have two better goalies who are performing, they don’t need to keep DiPietro in the NHL just because of his 15 year, $67.5 million contract.


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What Will The Islanders Do With Nabokov?

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Do the Islanders want to allow Nabokov to wear their crest – even for one exhibition game – after he embarrassed the franchise and himself last season? Do they want to carry three goalies on one-way contracts? It isn’t their first choice, to be sure. In a perfect world for the Islanders, GM Garth Snow is able to move him next month for a third round pick or as a sweetener to move up in the draft. Or perhaps he could make a similar deal to his trade of Roloson to Tampa Bay. The Lightning didn’t think twice about sacrificing defense prospect Ty Wishart, a decent player but a small price to pay for the revenue created by a lot of home playoff games and the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.

Snow will also want to ask himself if he can stomach trading two first-rate goaltenders to contenders in the same calendar year without getting a difference-maker in return. He has a strong working relationship with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. But unless Snow can pry a legit second-pair defenseman or regular-shift forward, why would the Islanders hand over Nabokov to a division rival, a contender that has beaten them regularly for four straight years? The Islanders have no motivation to do anyone any favors where it concerns Nabokov


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Looks Like Nabokov Will Be Islanders Property Next Season

via Katie Strang of Isles Files (paid sub.) at Newsday,

The Islanders will “toll” the contract of Russian goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, Newsday has learned.

The team has the option to “toll” Nabokov’s one-year $570,000 contract, essentially extending it until next season, because the 35-year-old veteran refused to report when claimed on re-entry waivers by the Islanders back in January.

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Nabokov Suspended By Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have suspended Evgeni Nabokov for not reporting after being claimed off of waivers on Jan. 22. The 35-year-old goaltender signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Jan 20.

added 4:27pm, via Katie Strang tweet,

The Islanders do have the option of “tolling” Nabokov’s contract still, and according to one league source, it appears the Islanders will

Tolling basically pushes the contract to next year if Nabokov does not report this season.  He is scheduled to be UFA July 1st, but this could force him to be property of the Islanders next season.

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The Bolts Beat, 1/24/11: State of the Lightning After 50, All-Star Thoughts, Nabokov, NYI and More

***Sorry for the delay, folks. A few technical issues in getting the show uploaded this week. Thanks. - JJ***

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, Jon, Mark and Mike compare the current state of the Tampa Bay Lightning versus where we all thought they might be at the 50-game mark, share our thoughts on the upcoming All-Star game and some possible ways to improve the event, weigh in on the drama surrounding Evgeni Nabokov, the Detroit Red Wings and the New York Islanders, admit some nerves about the upcoming uniform/logo changes for Tampa Bay and much more…


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Nabby Staying Home

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision,” Nabokov told ESPN.com from his home in San Jose. “It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.”

The Islanders claimed Nabokov off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, the team that he signed with Thursday. Because he began the season in the Russia’s KHL, the rules required that he clear waivers before trying to join the Red Wings.

“I understand the rules,” said Nabokov, who signed a one-year, $570,000 deal with the Wings. “We’re not stupid, we knew what was going on before we made the decision. But I made this decision because the goal was to play with Detroit.”

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Options For The Islanders

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now that Evgeni Nabokov has decided to not report to the New York Islanders, what happens next?

Well, for starters, the Islanders are within their rights to suspend Nabokov. That means Nabokov doesn’t get paid and has no other options in terms of playing elsewhere. He just sits.

That scenario could simply carry on for the balance of the season. End of story.

Or maybe not. The Islanders could appeal to the NHL to “toll” the contract, which essentially means push it to next year. In that case, Nabokov would then “owe” the Islanders a year and Nabokov would not necessarily become a free agent on July 1.

The Islanders do have other options if they so choose.


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Nabokov Says No To The Islanders

from ESPN,

The New York Islanders claimed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off waivers Saturday, a day after he signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

Nabokov, however, has decided not to report to the Islanders, source told ESPN.com Saturday afternoon.

continue for a recap of what has transpired in the last few days with Nabokov…

added 3:30pm, via Katie Strang tweet,

Snow wouldn’t discuss his plans if Nabokov doesn’t report: We will cross that bridge when we get there. To me that’s not an issue right now

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Afternoon Line

Isles for whatever reason claim Nabokov

-via a Pierre LeBrun tweet.

added 12:24pm, For more on Nabokov, make sure to follow George Malik’s updates.

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Report- Wings Interested In Nabokov

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Red Wings in discussions with veteran goaltender, Evgeni Nabokov. Deal today? Will have to clear waivers if it gets done.

added 1:08pm, via John Shannon tweet,

Nabokov’s people talking to DRW… Challenge is to construct a contract that will dissuade others from claiming the goaltender on waivers.

added 1:11pm, another tweet from Shannon,

Holland/Meehan are experts at creativity… One consideration is a “no move clause” that forces a claiming team to keep Nabokov long term.

added 1:43pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“We’ve had conversations,” Holland said. “It’s hard to know (if they’re close). We’ll see.”

Asked about what has prompted the Detroit’s interest in Nabokov, Holland said, “Those are more questions for if something does happen – can’t put the cart before the horse.”

The Red Wings apparently are looking for some insurance following Chris Osgood’s surgery on Jan. 11 to repair a sports hernia. Holland said Osgood is on schedule to return in early- to mid-March.

added 2:21pm, A guy named Malik takes over from here.

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Nabokov Equals Svatos

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The problem of course is that if he signs with anyone, Nabokov will also need to go on waivers - and in all probability, would be claimed in the same way Svatos was. It’s a dilemma because as the season approaches the halfway mark and the salary-cap dollars click off, Nabokov could be an interesting wild card going forward, for any team needing to shore up its netminding for a second-half push. But as the Svatos manoeuvres prove, often it is the team that steps up and signs a free agent out of Europe in mid-season that has the least likely chance of seeing them end up on their roster.


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The Bolts Beat, 12/21/10: More on Lightning Goalies, Smith Injury, Thompson/Boulton and Xmas Gifts!

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark entertain the ongoing discussion about Tampa Bay’s goaltending, including the latest on Mike Smith’s injury, cover the war of words (and knees) between Nate Thompson and Atlanta’s Eric Boulton and wrap the show with a special Christmas gift exchange for one and all..


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Nabokov to Tampa a Complicated Solution but Talk Alone Could Cure Goaltending Ills

There has been no shortage of discussion regarding the possibility of free agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov landing with the Tampa Bay Lightning in recent days.

I discussed the matter at such length, with co-hosts Mike Corcoran and Mark Pukalo on Monday night/Tuesday morning’s episode of The Bolts Beat, that more than half of the show was devoted to the matter – a first for a single topic in the podcast’s history.

Corcoran continued the discussion in writing on his Lightning Insider page at ESPN 1040.

Both local beat writers, Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times and Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune opined on the issue as well.

And the potential marriage has also been covered at a national level, with The Sporting News’ Craig Custance throwing in his two cents.

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The Bolts Beat, 12/14/10: Omark’s SO Goal, Lightning Goaltending, Evgeni Nabokov and More

On this week’s episode, Jon, Mike and Mark discuss the “controversial” shootout move by Edmonton’s Linus Omark that beat the Lightning on Friday, address the ongoing goaltending concerns and ponder what, if anything, GM Steve Yzerman might do to fortify the team’s netminding, including the hot topic from yesterday - the idea of signing free agent goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

Plus, the word “foof” is used, which has to be considered a milestone of some sort.


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Nabokov No Longer In The KHL

from TSN,

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov has been released from his contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian KHL due to what the team is calling “family circumstances”.

The announcement was made on the SKA St. Petersburg website on Monday.

The former San Jose Sharks netminder was 8-8-5 in 22 games this season, with a save percentage of .888 and a 3.02 GAA. He played in the team’s most recent game on Friday, and was pulled after giving up a pair of goals against Nizhny Novgorod during a 5-2 loss.


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News and Notes from Europe

Hello readers,

I hope everyone is enjoying the hockey season and are gearing up for the upcoming holiday season! Remember the holidays mean the World Junior Hockey Championships are just around the corner, beginning on Boxing Day!

Now, some news and notes from various European leagues.

On the subject of the World Juniors, Team Sweden is hoping that the Edmonton Oilers will release Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson for the tournament. The Swedish rookie has collected 9 points in 25 games this year, while currently riding a three game point streak. However, the Oilers have already stated that they have no plans for releasing the talented winger for the tournament. On the bright side for Sweden, they do have the Ottawa Senators blue chip goalie prospect; Robin Lehner on their training camp roster, as well as the Phoenix Coyotes young defensive phenom; Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

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Former NHLer’s in Europe

This week I will take a look at some former NHL players now playing in various European leagues. With the implementation of the salary cap, the average NHL players’ career is now ending when they hit their mid-thirties, as GM’s round out their roster with younger, less expensive options. This recent trend has led to an influx of big name players, such as Pavol Demitra and Evgeni Nabokov, heading overseas for better contracts and a chance to lengthen their career. Do most of these players repeat their NHL success overseas or are they clearly at the twilight of their careers?

Dominik Hasek

Hasek was signed last summer after leading HC Pardubice to the Czech Extraliga championship. However, Hasek has struggled this year with a 4-10 record, a 2.80 GAA and a .898 save percentage as Spartak currently sit 18th out of 23 KHL teams.

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The State of Hockey in Russia

The Russian National Team has taken great strides towards regaining past international hockey glory in the last few years. Spurred on by back-to-back World Championship victories with two straight wins over Team Canada in 2008 and 2009 (including a win on Canada’s home ice in 2008), Russia had seemed to finally regain their duo-superpower status with their longtime Canadian rivals. That is until the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the Russians were soundly thumped 7-3 by the home side in their quarterfinal matchup. Perhaps, Team Russia goalie; Ilya Bryzgalov, summed up the debacle best by stating that Team Canada played like “gorillas coming out of a cage.”

On the heels of their defeat in Vancouver, many of Russia’s Olympic core squad vowed to gain a measure of revenge at the 2010 World Championships in Germany three months later. Although Russia defeated a relatively undermanned Canadian squad, their efforts, once again, ended in failure with an upset loss to the Czech Republic in the championship final.

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Afternoon Line, Part 2

“Let me ask you, would you want to play for the Edmonton Oilers, for example?” [laughter]  “Let me tell you that when you have a choice and you have something to choose from, you always want to play for a good team, compete for medals and such. I will speak for myself, but the situation was such that I had no choice of a good team to play for and to play at the high level. To me it was very important to play for a good team, to try to win.”

-Evgeni Nabokov on why he decided to play for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.  More from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy.

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Appears Nabokov Headed To KHL

via Jay Gold tweet,

CONFIRMED: SKA St. Petersburg (#KHL) - (G) Evgeni Nabokov - 4 years - $6 M. per season

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Report- Flyers Target Nabokov

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

The Flyers came to this NHL draft looking for a goalie via the trade route.

Their camp took the red eye from Los Angeles back to Philadelphia on Saturday night after the draft without a No. 1 goaltender, but they made slight progress.

According to league sources, the Flyers have a verbal agreement in place with the San Jose Sharks to fork over a seventh-round pick next season if they can sign San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov before July 1, when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.


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No Update On Nabokov Contract Situation

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

I wanted to reach (Don) Meehan to try and get a sense if he or Nabokov had heard anything from the Sharks that would indicate one way or the other where things might stand….

“We don’t really have any information from Doug (Wilson) at this time,” Meehan said just before the holiday weekend. “Doug is the kind of individual, I know he’ll get back to us when they have a better idea what they have in mind.”

Wilson does not discuss contract negotiations until deals are in place, but he said last week that the process hadn’t reached the point where any decisions had been made going forward on any free agents, that he still needed to talk with the coaching staff among others.

And Meehan suggested that it still might be another couple weeks before he hears anything from the Sharks.

“I had expected that I would hear from Doug sometime in the middle of June to let me know what his intentions were,” the agent said. “There’s no concern in our end that we haven’t heard.”

more Sharks talk…

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Evening Line

“Obviously this organization is one of the best organizations in the NHL.  We took a huge step this year and I hope to be part of the next step. But we’ll see.”

“Let’s face it, the mission is not accomplished yet.  I want to be a part of it, but I don’t know if it’s up to me.”

-San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.  More on the Sharks from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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Nabokov Has To Be Better

from Cam Inman at the Mercury News,

You wonder on every goal he allows. You wonder on every save he makes. You wonder on every breath Evgeni Nabokov takes.

OK, that last line is too much like a song lyric. But Nabokov’s lasting legacy with the Sharks is being defined right here in these Western Conference finals.

How many more games will he play in that menacing Sharks helmet? How will his final game end this season, in heroic fashion with a Stanley Cup or in a familiar sad handshake at the end of a receiving line?

Nabokov, whose contract is up at season’s end, has had a strong postseason. It needs to be stronger.


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Pressure On Nabokov

from Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News,

If Nabokov makes all the key saves and the Sharks push through enough goals, then they will be on to the next round, and 7-1 will be a funny piece of history.

But if the Sharks lose, and Nabokov is slightly off, then they have to go back to Detroit for Game 6. And if they lose there, it’s back here for Game 7.

Maybe that’s why Nabokov chose silence Friday — he didn’t want to go down that road, and he knew he might start if he spoke to the media.

That was probably wise, but also does nothing to alleviate the pressure, which we all know will build until the Sharks do something to end it.


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Is This Considered Low Sticking?

Keep an eye on Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

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So That’s What’s Wrong With Nabokov

from Craig Simpson of CBC,

Evgeni Nabokov entered the Olympics as one of the NHL’s top goalies statistically, but has returned from the games a shell of his former self.  His Olympic numbers were less than impressive with a 4.16 goals-against average and a .853 save percentage in three appearances.

The numbers however, are only part of the story.

In the biggest matchup of his life against the Canadians he served up a stinker of a performance.  It was his worst game ever.  Watching him finally get pulled from the game with the Canadians scoring at will, you had to wonder what lasting effect that kind of performance would have on his psyche.  The answer - unfortunately for Sharks fans - seems to be, devastating.

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Nabokov Talks About His Team Russia Exerience

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

...Nabokov, as usual, wasn’t ducking questions. He took responsibility — but didn’t want to let himself be defined by one game and at one point noted he was in the nets when Russia won the 2008 World Championships.

Here’s the transcript of our one-on-one conversation:

Q: Do you feel added pressure to show people that’s not who you are as a goalie?

“I don’t think one game makes you this or that – whatever it is, a loss or a win. Your whole career makes you who you are.  You always want to prove that you’re playing well, but games like that happen. What is different this game from what happened to us against Chicago, you know what I mean?


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Evening Line

“He played the fewest amount of games last year that he played in a long time, so I don’t know if he’s any better for it. I don’t’ know if we have to manage Nabby’s minutes. What we have to manage is the results and the effort. I’m not even sure if we have to manage that. He has to manage that.”

-Sharks Coach Todd McLellan on goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.  More from David Pollak of Working the Corners.

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All Evgeni Nabokov

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

On the Sharks lack of playoff success in recent years:

“For the last four years, this team has been built to win the Stanley Cup – legit, like we were right there every single year. But we were missing a little bit, something was going wrong all the time.

“Is this the most disappointing year? Maybe because there’s been three previous years where we lost and this was the last kick in the you-know-where. Where do we go? It’s all up to the management. As players, we have the same mentality – we’ve suffered for so many months and now it’s time to put it behind us and go on the ice again.

more plus how the Marleau rumor started…

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Nabokov Looks Forward, Not Behind

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Nabokov prefers to look forward, not backward. So what needs to happen next?

Hard work and patience, is his first answer. From everyone.

Beyond that?

“Well, it looks right now we’re pretty good at a marathon and not very good at the sprint,” Nabokov said. “So we’ve got to change that by being as good at the marathon and get better in the sprint. That’s what it comes down to.”


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Morning Line

“We didn’t come through again. The bottom line is they were better than us and that is unfortunate.”

-Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov after losing to the Ducks last night.  More from the Sharks at SanJoseSharks.com.

added 11:36am, Rob Blake, Evgeni Nabokov, Dan Boyle, Patrick Marleau and Coach Todd McLellan spoke with members of the media after Game 6 against the Anaheim Ducks… watch below.

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