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Report: Nabokov bound for Detroit?

Thursday, 01.20.2011 / 12:54 PM / News

NHL.com

According to a report on TSN, the Detroit Red Wings are close to signing free-agent goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Nabokov, who signed with the Kontinental Hockey League this summer after spending 10 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, parted ways with SKA St. Petersburg on Dec. 13, and hasn't played professionally anywhere since that date.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard has missed the past two games with a knee injury but is expected to start Thursday against the St. Louis Blues. He went 37-15-10 with a 2.26 goals-against average and .922 save percentage as a rookie last season but has not been as sharp in his sophomore season.

Howard is 22-7-3, but his 2.83 GAA and .906 save percentage rank him in the bottom half of the League.

Backup Chris Osgood is out 6-to-8 weeks after having sports hernia surgery Jan. 11. The Red Wings recalled Joey MacDonald from the AHL, but he went 1-1-1 and allowed 8 goals in his past two starts.

The 35-year-old Nabokov was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2008 and took the Sharks to the Western Conference Finals last season. He has 293 career wins to go along with a 2.39 GAA and .912 save percentage.

Nabokov would need to pass through waivers in order for the Red Wings to put him on the roster.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round