Monday, August 13, 2007

Sharks re-sign Patzold

Per the San Jose Sharks' official website, Sharks management has apparently finally gotten around to re-signing restricted free agent goaltender Dmitri Patzold to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal have yet to surface.

If all goes as planned, the Sharks will be the only team in the NHL with two goalies from Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan on their roster for the 2007-08 season, with Patzold temporarily slated to backup Evgeni Nabokov, likely due to support from late Sharks' goaltending coach Warren Strelow, who stated last season that Patzold was ready for an NHL No. 2 job. The 24-year-old is likely to face competition for the backup job from Thomas Greiss and perhaps even Taylor Dakers. Patzold's AHL numbers last season with Worcester aren't exactly reassuring, as he compiled a 3.35 goals-against average and an .888 save percentage to go along with a 10-8-3 record.

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