When long time goaltender Evgeni Nabokov defected to mother Russia, it left the San Jose Sharks with a gigantic hole between the pipes.
Coming off one of his best seasons, the 35 year old net minder put up a 44-16-10 record with three shutouts. He had a goals against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .922. Both were improvements on his previous year’s totals.
San Jose, meanwhile, puts $6 million bucks back in their coffers and appear ready to jump on the trend started by the two teams in the Stanley Cup Final, relying on career backups to fill the void of their legendary goalie.