NHL Trade Rumours: 10 Teams That Could Use Evgeni Nabokov in Net

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NHL Trade Rumours: 10 Teams That Could Use Evgeni Nabokov in Net
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Evgeni Nabokov is the best goalie in San Jose Sharks history

As a follower of the San Jose Sharks, I have seen Evgeni Nabokov play hundreds of games. While he never won the Stanley Cup for the Sharks, he did put that team on his back in the 2004 playoffs and got them to Game 6 of the conference finals.

Since then, a statistical analysis shows the Sharks' playoff woes were not the fault of goaltending, as fans often contended (just as it is always blamed on the quarterback in football), but on a lack of scoring. Even in his last season in San Jose, he won every game in which he got the goal support he should have.

Nabby might not be the goalie he was when he finished as a 2008 Vezina Trophy finalist, but he is showing he can still get it done at 36 years old. He has a 1-1 record with a 2.54 goals against average and .921 save percentage for the offensively-starved New York Islanders.

But he is a goalie who is most effective when he gets regular work, having four seasons of at least 66 games and two over 70, all with at least a .910 save percentage and 2.43 GAA. Thus, teams that should be most interested in Nabby are those looking for someone to at least compete for a starting spot.

With that in mind, here are 10 teams for whom it would be worth the sacrifices needed to make him a part of the regular goalie rotation...

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