NHL.com has an excellent read on former Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov and how he's acclimating to European hockey, which Nabokov says is "completely different." "Nabby" was the Sharks' long-time goaltender before departing as a free agent this offseason when the team decided to go a different route with their goalie situation.â†µ
A lot of things are cleared up, or at least, the other side of the story is told whether or not you believe it, regarding the reason Nabokov departed for the KHL so quickly. Emphasis mine.â†µ
"No, you see that's all been speculation," Nabokov said prior to Monday's 5-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge. "I never said myself that I want this amount of money and I'm not going to play for less. It's never been the issue. My main goal wasn't the money; my main goal was the team who wants my service and maybe the years. Because of my age (35), I wanted a longer term, but we didn't even get to any of that point, so then I said I can't wait longer than that. I had an offer from here and I decided to take a chance."â†µ
Whether or not money was a serious issue, the fact that no free-agent goalie was signed for longer than two years this offseason speaks volumes as to Nabokov's point. The full article can be found here on NHL.com and it's a good read for any Sharks fan who misses "Nabby." I know I do.