Evgeni Nabokov had been with the San Jose Sharks since 2000. ((Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images))

Russian hockey team SKA St. Petersburg confirmed Thursday the signing of goalie Evgeni Nabokov to a four-year contract.

Club chairman Alexander Medvedev confirmed the move on the club's website involving the longtime goalie for the San Jose Sharks

Nabokov, a Russian who turns 35 this month, spent his entire 10-year NHL career with the Sharks before becoming an unrestricted free agent at the end of last season.

The Philadelphia Flyers reportedly made a bid for Nabokov in late June.

Nabokov was one of the NHL's top goalies throughout his time with San Jose. He won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie in 2000-2001, and averaged better than 43 wins over the last three seasons. In 2007-08, he led the NHL with 46 victories.

Nabokov, though, was sometimes criticized for not being able to help the Sharks do more in the playoffs.

San Jose reached the Western Conference final last season, but failed to get past the second round in each of the previous four years despite being one of the NHL's top regular-season teams.

Financial terms were not released.