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Reports: Nabokov to Russia

Wednesday, 07.07.2010 / 1:13 PM / NHL Free Agency 2010

NHL.com

Former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has signed a six-year contract with St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, according to multiple reports.

Nabokov and Marty Turco were the big names among goalies when NHL free agency began on July 1, but there hadn't been significant interest shown as teams went for less-expensive options.

The 34-year-old Nabokov won a career-best 44 games this past season for the Sharks, who made it to the Western Conference Finals before getting swept in four straight by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.

For his NHL career, Nabokov has 293 wins, a 2.39 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 563 regular-season games. He is 40-38 in 80 postseason games with a 2.29 GAA and .913 save percentage, but the Sharks never made the Stanley Cup Final during his tenure despite regularly finishing at or near the top of the Western Conference standings.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory