Nabokov signs with Red Wings

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year contract and must now wait until the former San Jose Sharks star clears waivers.

Any team can claim Nabokov in the 24-hour period starting Friday at noon (et).

Nabokov was not offered a contract as a free agent last summer and began the 2010-11 season in Russia's Kontintental Hockey League, but was released from a reported four-year, $24 million deal last month.

The Red Wings have been dealing with injury concerns in net. Jimmy Howard was recently sidelined for about a week with a bruised knee and Chris Osgood is recovering from surgery for a sports hernia.

A native of Kazakhstan, Nabokov was considered one of the top goaltenders on the free agent market after finishing last season with a 44-16-10 record, 2.43 goals-against average and three shutouts for San Jose.

Nabokov, a ninth-round pick of the Sharks in the 1994 draft, spent all 10 of his NHL seasons with San Jose and has a record of 293-178-37 with 29 ties, a 2.39 GAA and 50 shutouts in 563 games. He was the 2001 Calder Trophy winner as the league's top rookie.

Though a capable and oftentimes dominant netminder, Nabokov bore the brunt of San Jose's repeated playoff flame-outs in recent seasons. Last spring, San Jose managed to reach the conference finals for the first time since 2004, but was wiped out in a four-game sweep by eventual Cup champion Chicago.


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