Wasn't able to get the scouting report from Russian Prospects.com, but the one thing that all the scouting reports show is that he's kind of a hybrid stand up/butterfly goalie. He usually remains up right until the play comes in close, then he goes into the butterfly. He's also not an adept puck handler, so he'll usually leave the puck for his teammates to play. He's also not a wanderer and very seldom leaves his crease. When he does, it's usually to challenge shooters. His glove hand is above average and he moves well laterally. Perhaps the biggest issue though (and it seems to be a common trend amongst Flyer goalies) is that he gives up huge rebounds.
With that being said, a full season of working with Jeff Reese should help with giving up less rebounds. I really like this signing.
We've had 3 guys that got us to the conference finals in the last ten years. Nabokov hasn't taken a top level team there in how long?
...and in defense of Nabokov, the Flyers NEVER had to face teams that were loaded like Detroit or Colorado were.
If there's blame to be had in San Jose, how about lobbing some at Joe Thornton and company. If there's ever been a player that's been given the benefit of the doubt for incredibly poor playoff showings, Thornton has been the guy. Marleau also has a tendency to disappear when things get tough. Nabokov's numbers for his career in the playoffs are 2.26 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Those are some damn fine numbers.