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Evgeni Nabokov | Goalie

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/25/1975
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 202
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Evgeni Nabokov doesn't mind serving as a backup and as a mentor in Tampa Bay.
"Anytime my name is called, I'm going to be ready," he said. "Obviously I understand my age, and people talk about it. But I don't feel it. Nothing I can do with the situation. At this age, I'm fine with it. I'm still enjoying playing hockey. I still feel like I can help the team achieve a goal so that's why I'm still playing." He's excited to join the Lightning and he likes the direction the team is heading. He'll back up Ben Bishop in 2014-15 and he's expected to help goalie prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevskiy as well. Jul 2 - 10:45 AM

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Evgeni Nabokov has signed a one-year, $1.55 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

At this stage of Nabokov's career, he's not a starting goaltender and his deal with the Lightning can be seen as an acknowledgment of that. Ben Bishop is firmly cemented as the team's number one goaltender, but Nabokov should get a decent amount of starts by backup standards.
Jul 1 - 5:58 PM

Evgeni Nabokov is expected to test the unrestricted free agent waters.

The New York Islanders are willing to re-sign him, but Nabokov would be reduced to serving as the team's backup. He'll turn 39 years old in July though and we anticipate there being a market for him as a clear starter. That said, he might be able to join a team that has a vulnerable starter or an unclear goaltending situation where he'll be able to compete for the number one spot throughout the season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 18 - 2:11 PM

The New York Islanders are still interested in bringing back Evgeni Nabokov, even after acquiring the negotiating rights to Jaroslav Halak.

That being said, if Nabokov returns to the Islanders, it would be as the team's backup goaltender. Nabokov is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.
May 2 - 10:27 AM

Evgeni Nabokov's shutout on Thursday gave him sole possession of 17th place on the NHL's all-time leaderboard.

Nabokov has 59 career shutouts, one more than John Ross Roach. With his career winding down, Nabokov probably won't reach Turk Broda, who ranks 16th with 62 shutouts.
Apr 11 - 9:48 AM

Evgeni Nabokov enjoyed an easy win in a 2-0 shutout of the Canadiens Thursday night.

The veteran goalkeeper was only required to stop 19 shots in the contest, earning him his fourth shutout of the year. Nabokov's record improves to 15-14-8 with the win while his GAA is 2.74 and his save percentage is .905.
Apr 10 - 10:40 PM

Evgeni Nabokov made 26 saves in the Islanders' 4-3 shootout loss to the Capitals on Saturday night.

Nabokov gave up all three goals on nine second-period shots as the Islanders saw their 3-1 lead disappear. He's helped the team earn at least a point in four straight games. Nabakov has a 2.82 goals-against average and .903 save percentage this season.
Apr 5 - 8:11 PM

Evgeni Nabokov allowed two goals on 22 shots to steer the Isles to a 4-2 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.

Nabokov won for the third time in his past five games, and has allowed two goals or less in his past three starts. The 38 year old is 14-14-7 this season with a .904 save percentage and 2.82 goals against average.
Apr 1 - 10:58 PM

Evgeni Nabokov put forth a strong effort for the Islanders, but suffered a loss in a 3-2 shootout decision against the Lightning.

Nabokov turned away 29 of 31 shots in the loss, but was dealt the heartbreaking hand of losing a 13-round shootout, which drops his record to 13-14-7 on the season. His GAA is now 2.84 and his save percentage is .903.
Mar 27 - 11:08 PM

Evgeni Nabokov is interested in continuing his NHL career beyond the 2013-14 campaign.

"I feel like I can still do it," Nabokov said. "[NHL defenseman] Rob Blake told me, 'When it's time, you'll know.' I don't know yet." Nabokov has a 2.87 GAA and .902 save percentage in 36 games this season. He'll turn 39 in July and if the Islanders decide to let him become an unrestricted free agent, Nabokov might have to settle for serving as a team's backup if he wants to stay in the NHL.
Mar 26 - 10:18 AM

Evgeni Nabokov helped the New York Islanders generate an upset win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Nabokov stopped all 41 shots for his third shutout of the 2013-14 season. He's now 13-14-6 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.87 GAA this season.
Mar 23 - 3:54 PM

Look for Evgeni Nabokov to start in goal against Columbus Sunday afternoon.

He is coming off a loss to his former club, the Sharks, and would like to get back in the winning column. Make sure you have Nabokov active early as Sunday's game is a 1:00 pm matinee.
Mar 23 - 10:04 AM

Evgeni Nabokov faced his old team, the Sharks, for the first time in his career Friday night.

The result wasn't what he wanted, as he gave up four goals on 26 shots. He played 10 seasons with the Sharks, making 563 appearances.
Mar 15 - 9:56 AM

Evgeni Nabokov allowed four goals on 26 shots in suffering his third defeat in his past four games on Friday night.

Nabokov falls to 12-14-6 on the year with a .898 save percentage and 2.96 goals against average. The veteran goaltender has allowed three goals or more in each of his last seven games, and has won just three games since Jan 2.
Mar 14 - 9:57 PM

Evgeni Nabokov will start against the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Nabokov spent 10 seasons with the San Jose Sharks, but started playing for the New York Islanders in 2009-10. The 38-year-old has a 2.93 GAA and .900 save percentage in 34 games this season.
Mar 14 - 3:43 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Valtteri Filppula
3Tyler Johnson
4Brian Boyle
5Cedric Paquette
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Jonathan Drouin
3Alex Killorn
4Brenden Morrow
5Brett Connolly
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3J.T. Brown
4Richard Panik
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Matt Carle
4Anton Stralman
5Radko Gudas
6Eric Brewer
7Mark Barberio
8Andrej Sustr
G1Ben Bishop
2Evgeni Nabokov