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Former Sharks goalie Nabokov released from KHL team

TSN.ca Staff

12/13/2010 10:19:01 AM

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov has been released from his contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian KHL due to what the team is calling "family circumstances".

The announcement was made on the SKA St. Petersburg website on Monday.

The former San Jose Sharks netminder was 8-8-5 in 22 games this season, with a save percentage of .888 and a 3.02 GAA. He played in the team's most recent game on Friday, and was pulled after giving up a pair of goals against Nizhny Novgorod during a 5-2 loss.

The 35-year old netminder played his entire 10-season NHL career with the Sharks, and signed as a free agent in Russia over the summer. The deal was reportedly for four years, and valued at $24 million.

Nabokov left San Jose after one of his finest campaigns last season. In 71 games for the Sharks, Nabokov went 44-16-10 with a 2.43 GAA and a .922 save percentage.

Nabokov also played in the Vancouver Olympics for Russia last year.