Mar 7, 2014; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) guards his net during the warmup period against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Calgary Flames won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning Sign Goaltender Evgeni Nabokov

It may have taken 6 hours into the Free Agency period, but the Tampa Bay Lightning have finally found their new backup for goaltender Ben Bishop.

Tampa Bay Lightning Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman has signed New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one year deal.

Nabokov’s new deal is worth a reported $1.55 million.

It would seem as if Yzerman and I are on the same wavelength for once.

As I said a little bit earlier, Yzerman has sealed a short-term deal with a veteran goaltender that will allow a goaltender like Kristers Gudlevskis to perfect his game in the AHL for a year before hitting the ice with glorious purpose.

Last season, the Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native played in 40 games with the New York Islanders. In that period of time, he maintained a record of 15-14-8 with a Goal Allowed Average of 2.74 and a Save Percentage of .905.

In the 2012-13 season, Nabokov went 23-11-7 in 41 games with a Goals Allowed Average of 2.50 and a Save Percentage of .910.

While he certainly doesn’t come with the same numbers of Lightning’s starting goaltender Ben Bishop, he does have what it takes to be a solid backup for the Lightning netminder. This is something that the Bolts have been in desperate need of.

As much as we refer to Bishop as Superman, even the man of steel needs a day off every now and then.

What do you think of the latest member of the Bolts Nation? What do you think Nabokov will be able to do between the pipes for the Lightning next season. Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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