The Detroit Red Wings signed veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year, $570,000 contract on Thursday.
The contract includes a no-move clause and Nabokov, who must clear waivers before joining the Red Wings, cannot be put back on waivers after Friday without his permission.
Also, he is ineligible to play in American Hockey League this season due to league rules regarding free agents coming from Europe after Decemeber 15.
Nabokov became a free agent in December when he was released from his contract with Russian club SKA St. Petersburg. He was in the first year of a four-year deal that he signed in the off-season with the KHL club after 10 years with the San Jose Sharks.
In his final season with the Sharks, the 35-year-old Nabokov posted a 44-16-10 record with a 2.43 GAA and led the Sharks to the Western Conference final where they were eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks.