Former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is leaving the NHL to continue his career in Russia, according to reports.Nabokov, who became a free agent after helping the Sharks to the Western Conference Finals this past season, signed a four-year, $24 million contract with St. Petersburg of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, reported Russian newspaper Sovetsky Sport.
Nabokov wound up his Sharks career with 293 wins and a 2.39 goals-against average. He went 40-38 with a 2.29 GAA in the postseason with San Jose.
There seemed to be no serious NHL bidders for Nabokov. Why? He posted one of his best seasons in 2009-10, with a record of 44-16-10, a 2.43 GAA and .922 save percentage. Nabokov was also very solid in this year's post-season run.
The Blackhawks have a backup goaltender that counts nearly $6 million against the cap, but nary a team wanted to pay for a proven winner with nearly 300 career wins?