Expert Rumor Update: *Flyers Find Goaltender In Nabokov*…Sharks Want

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The Philadelphia Flyers are said to have a trade in place to acquire San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov….

Apparently the deal appears to be set like this:

To Philadelphia: Evgeni Nabokov, Marco Sturm, and Jonathan Cheechoo.

To San Jose: Simon Gagne, Michal Handzus, Radovan Somik and an option to swap 2004 1st round draft picks.

In the deal the Flyers acquire Evgeni Nabokov(27)who has lightning-quick reflexes and the ability to snatch a sure goal away from opponents. Gives shooters little to shoot at. And they also acquire Sturm(24)who has excellent speed and puck-handling skills. He possesses great hockey sense, sees the ice very well and his speed makes him a real weapon.

The Sharks get Gagne(23)an exceptional skater, who sees the ice well and loves to use his imagination. He has solid defensive instincts and versatility. Handzus is a load at 6-5 and 217 pounds. He plays stellar defense and is also a capable playmaker.

The source added with the Sharks would like to give a shot to young and developing Miikka Kiprusoff and that the Sharks are already in talks to sign goaltender Felix Potvin to a 1-year contract to what they called “allot” cheaper to what Nabokov is set to make and demand next summer when he is a restricted free agent.

W.C.


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