With Evgeni Nabokov leading the charge as San Jose’s undisputed number one goaltender, it has been a tough year to be the Sharks back-up netminder.
Recognizing both the need to get Dimitri Patzold some game action as well as the strong play of Thomas Greiss in Worcester, Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that Patzold has been assigned to Worcester and Greiss will come to San Jose.
“This move gives us some flexibility with our goaltending situation,” said Wilson. “Obviously, Nabby has been tremendous for us this season and he deserves to play. But Dimitri needs to play as well so this will allow him to get into some live games while also rewarding Thomas for his play in Worcester.”
Although Patzold had to clear waivers in order to be assigned to Worcester, he can be recalled at any time without being subjected to re-entry waivers due to the nature of his two-way contract status. As long as he is on the Sharks active roster for less than 30 days and plays in less than 10 games, he can be re-assigned to Worcester without having to clear waivers again.
As for Greiss, since he is still on his entry-level contract, he is not subject to the waiver process.
“We like our goaltending situation and we think this move will allow both goaltenders the opportunity to play here and in Worcester and keep improving,” said Wilson.
As for Nabokov, he continues along with his Vezina-contending season for the Sharks, leading the NHL in wins (23), ranking fourth in goals-against average (2.01), tied for 11th in save percentage (.917), second in minutes played 2442:13 and fourth in shutouts (4).
Three hockey writers recently tabbed Nabokov as their choice for the Vezina Trophy winner at the season’s half-way point – Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Craig Custance of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and David Kolb of The Fischler Report. In addition, Jim Matheson from The Edmonton Journal and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, included Nabokov as one of the season’s three “Most Valuable Players” thus far.
SHARKS PROSPECT FENTON CHATS WITH CSTV.COM
Sharks Prospect and UMass Senior forward P.J. Fenton participated in a live online chat on Tuesday afternoon at 10 AM (Pacific) as part of Tuesday @ The Rink on CSTV.com. Fans were able to submit questions for Fenton to answer during the live chat session.
If you missed your chance to talk to P.J. about playing in the Hockey East conference, UMass’ rise to a No. 5 ranking in the country (highest in school history), the upcoming series with the No. 10-ranked UNH Wildcats or anything else hockey related, click here.
The Sharks are on the third leg of their four-game homestand and will host the visiting Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night at HP Pavilion. A limited number of tickets are still available and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or the HP Pavilion Box Office. Game time is set for 7:30 PM and will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area in HD, KFOX 98.5 FM, Sharks adio Network Affiliates and SJSHARKS.com.