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.
Jamie improves every game and every year. I've only been with him for two years, but as a player and as a person it seems like every week he's getting stronger and better, and becoming a better leader and better captain. He wants the team to be so successful that he's making himself better as a player.
— Stars forward Tyler Seguin on teammate Jamie Benn, the '14-15 Art Ross Trophy winner
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