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Report: Flyers reach agreement with Sharks on Nabokov's rights

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TSN.ca Staff
6/26/2010 11:05:05 PM
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Could the Philadelphia Flyers have finally found the answer to their goaltending problems?

According to CSNPhilly.com, the Flyers have reached a verbal agreement with the San Jose Sharks to acquire the signing rights to goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.  The Flyers would reportedly send the Sharks a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft if they are able to sign Nabokov prior to July 1st when he is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent.

Sources tell TSN that while lines of communication remain open, Nabokov has indicated to the Flyers that he is likely to test the market and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

It is also expected that Nabokov will have several options in the KHL.

Sharks general manager Doug Wilson would not confirm the deal; however he told CSNPhilly that there were issues surrounding the negotiations that could take a few days to complete.

Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren also refused to address the issue however he did tell CSNPhilly that he believed Nabokov was "a good goalie."

Sharks' general manager Doug Wilson would not confirm the deal, however he told CSNPhilly that there were issues surrounding the negotiations that could take a few days to complete.

Flyers' general manager Paul Holmgren also refused to address the issue however he did tell CSNPhilly that he believed Nabokov was "a good goalie" but believed that the Russian netminder would likely wait to hit the market on July 1st.

In 71 games last season, the 34-year old Nabokov posted a .922 save percentage and a 2.43 goals against average.  He would be a significant upgrade between the pipes for the Flyers who used seven different netminders last season.

Evgeni Nabokov (Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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