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Nabokov signs with Bolts to back up Bishop

Jul 1, 2014, 6:08 PM EDT

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The Tampa Bay Lightning have found their No. 2 goalie for next season, agreeing to terms with veteran netminder Evgeni Nabokov on a one-year deal.

The Lightning, who didn’t qualify last year’s backup — RFA Anders Lindback, now with Dallas — will go into next year with a proven NHLer behind No. 1 Ben Bishop, allowing young prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevski to hone their craft in AHL Syracuse.

Nabokov, who turns 39 in July, spent last year on Long Island, where he posted a 15-14-8 record with a .905 save percentage and 2.74 GAA. Though his time with the Islanders was occasionally acrimonious, “Nabby” did provide enough quality goaltending to send New York to the playoffs in 2013, going 23-11-7 with a .910 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.

Per The Hockey News, Nabokov’s deal is for $1.55 million.



  1. pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Sign Connolly.

  2. sochiolympicshockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Andrei Vasilevski did not leave the KHL to come play in the AHL. He is Russia’s golden boy and touted as the heir to goaltending legend Tretiak and will slot at nr 2. Nabby is the insurance. (

    • falstaffsmind - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

      Vasilevski is only 19.

    • lightning79 - Jul 1, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Vasilevskiy will be the starter in Syracuse! Steve Yzerman said so himself in an interview today.

  3. peter845 - Jul 1, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Haha. He didn’t want to be a backup for a Slovak! Loooong history issues…

    • pfhockey - Jul 1, 2014 at 11:48 PM

      Or that they have Chad Johnson who had a great season coming in to play backup.

  4. skr213 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    He wanted one last shot at the Cup and this was the best team that made him an offer.

  5. trbowman - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    FREE GUDLEVSKIS. Latvian legend.

    As for Lindback, he’s not even better than Chris Nilstorp. Dallas is gonna have to be scoring lots of goals during those 20 some games Lindback starts.

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