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New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov
Braden Holtby (28) and Michal Neuvirth (115) have played a combined 143 NHL regular-season games.
A franchise goaltender could rack up that many games in almost two seasons, not a combined eight seasons, as these two have done.
But experience is more than just a number. Experience is knowledge of how to deal with different situations—because the goalie in question has actually played through them.
Evgeni Nabokov has just this type of experience. The native of Russia has played in a total of 615 games over 12 NHL seasons, compiling a career record of 316-201-70. Nabokov has a save percentage of .912 with a 2.41 GAA in his regular-season career. In the playoffs, Nabokov's save percentage and GAA improve to .913 and 2.299, respectively, in 80 career games.
And although he is 37 years old, Nabokov is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, during which his contract pays him $2,750,000. He would be a worthwhile rental for a mad dash to the postseason.
The type of experience that Evgeni Nabokov can provide is what the Washington Capitals need right now out of the goalie position to help navigate this shortened season.