San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced that the club has signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a four-year contract extension. Nabokov was slated to become an unrestricted free agent following the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nabokov, 30, owns nearly every major franchise goaltending record, including: games played (296), minutes (16,855), wins (135) and shutouts (27) and single-season shutouts (9). In his sixth season with San Jose, Nabokov will make his International Ice Hockey Federation debut as a member of the Russian National Team at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy this month.
This season, he has posted a 14-15-6 record with a 2.95 goals against average and a .892 save percentage. He earned his first shutout of the season on Jan. 12 against Ottawa making forty saves in the contest.
In 2003-04, Nabokov helped the Sharks to the most prolific season in franchise history by posting his third 30-win season (31-19-8) and a franchise-record nine shutouts. The netminder earned the NHL Defensive Player of the Month for February, posting an 8-2-0 record, 1.75 goals against average, .934 save percentage and three shutouts during the month. His 1-0 victory against St. Louis on February 29 made him just the 62nd player in NHL history to register 25 career shutouts. During the playoffs when he helped lead the team to its first-ever berth in the Western Conference Finals, he was equally impressive in posting a 1.71 goals against average in 17 games, tied for second-best in the league, along with three shutouts.
In 2000-01, he won the Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player selected as the most proficient first year player in the NHL, posting a 32-21-7 record, 2.19 goals against average and a .915 save percentage.
Nabokov posted a career-best 37 wins in 2001-02, a 2.19 goals against average in 2000-01 and .921 save percentage in 2003-04.
The six-foot, 205-pound goaltender from Kamengorsk, Kazakhstan was originally selected by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.