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Monday, December 13, 2010
Agent: Evgeni Nabokov, KHL club split

By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com

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Longtime San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and Kontinental Hockey League club SKA St. Petersburg have parted ways, the player's agent, Don Meehan, told ESPN.com on Monday.

Unable to land an acceptable NHL deal after his Sharks contract expired, Nabokov signed a four-year deal with St. Petersburg, one of the KHL's most affluent clubs, last summer. The split was "mutually agreed upon. Family reasons," Meehan said.

According to Hockeydb.com, Nabokov was 8-8-5 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .888 save percentage with St. Petersburg.

The move opens the possibility for Nabokov, who's played all 563 of his career NHL games with San Jose, to return to the league this season. He would first have to pass through waivers if a team was to sign him. As the Feb. 28 trade deadline nears, the 35-year-old Nabokov would no doubt become an attractive option for a team looking to bolster its goaltending for the stretch drive and playoffs.

Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.