30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Sayonara Salute #1: Evgeni Nabokov

It's official: Evgeni Nabokov is no longer a San Jose Shark. I've been a huge Nabokov fan since his rookie season. I remember Nabby spending quality time with the fans outside of the arena signing autographs for every person who wanted one. He sat in the driver seat of his truck talking to another guy in Russian, while he signed pictures, pucks, and sticks for at least 10 minutes.

He is by far the best goalie in the history of the franchise. Here's a breakdown of his achievements as a Shark:

A. He lead the Sharks to 9 playoff appearances in 10 seasons.

B. He has 293 wins. Second best? Vesa Toskala has 65 wins as a Shark.

C. He has 50 shutouts, which is more than all other Shark's goalies combined.

D. His .912 save percentage is the second highest in team history. Shields & Toskala are tied for first with a .914 save percentage.

E. He has the second lowest goal against average (2.39) in team history. Toskala has a career 2.34 gaa as a Shark.

So Nabby, if you're reading this... I'll miss seeing you fly out of the Shark's head on game night. Thanks for the memories and best of luck wherever you land next year.

Go Sharks!


  1. I never latched on to hockey. I've never lived in a place that had a market for it.

    But I know what it's like when one of your favorite players moves on - or is moved out by management. So sorry for your loss. Hopefully the next guy will be somebody you can cheer for.

  2. I wasn't a hockey fan until the Sharks arrived. However, they're by far the biggest sports team in town, so I'll be a fan for life.

    I will continue to collect Nabby cards that picture him as a Shark... just like I still will pick up a Cheechoo, Friesen, or Nolan autograph or memorabilia card from time to time.

  3. I know how you feel man. The Preds recently traded Arnott away.