Islanders Claim Nabokov Off Waivers

Evgeni Nabokov has been picked up off of waivers by the New York Islanders.  EDIT: Nabokov’s agent is now saying Nabokov won’t report to the Islanders.

Craig Custance, a hockey writer for the Sporting News, Tweeted the news of the waiver claim earlier today.

Able to Yzerman at KuklasKorner is on top of the story, which has now been confirmed by several sources including the Islanders themselves.

A statement issued by the Islanders says:

The New York Islanders have claimed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov off of waivers. Nabokov will play under the one-year contract that he signed with the Detroit Red Wings on Jan 20.

While at face value this doesn’t seem like it makes much sense for the Islanders, who sit near the bottom of the NHL standings, there’s definitely a reason behind it.  Last night Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro sat out the Islanders’ game with flu-like symptoms and backup Nathan Lawson was injured during the first period.  He was replaced by Kevin Poulin in the second.

DiPietro isn’t exactly the healthiest goaltender in the league on his best day and after trading Dwayne Roloson to the Lightning a few weeks ago, the Islanders are pretty weak in goal.

This won’t send the Islanders into playoff contention by any means, but it does give them a solid starting goaltender for the rest of the season.

By the way, that sound you hear is the rest of the Western Conference breathing a sigh of relief.  The Detroit Red Wings are now in a tough situation as Chris Osgood is still several weeks from returning and Jimmy Howard is remains day-to-day with a knee injury.

Did the Jean-Sebastien Giguere market just open up?

*Update*

A source tells the Canadian Press that Evgeni Nabokov will not report to the New York Islanders.

Comments (5)

  1. Very smart move by the Isles for several reasons. Poulin needs to learn his trade in the AHL rather than losing his confidence by getting lit up in the NHL. You have to remember that he is still quite young. The second reason is to attempt to show their fan base that they still give two hoots about winning. Getting high draft picks is great but they aren’t on the ice yet. Winning games puts butts in seats. It’s been proven time and time again. Let’s just see how this plays out.

    I also have another theory that another contending team in the West may have promised the Isles some sort of future transaction down the road if they kept him away from their competitors (not necessarily away only from the Wings as he never would have made it that far down the waiver order).

  2. Why on earth would the Islanders claim Nabokov? He’s signed to a one year deal to the worst team in the NHL. Nabokov is obviously looking for a cup before he’s too old and if he starts every game from here on out and wins 80% of the games they might finish 10th. What is the incentive for him to play well, so he can fight for a contract when he is 36. Nabokov won’t report and I don’t blame him.

    Detroit needs a goalie. and despite what all the other Redwing fans think, Jimmy Howard is not Detroits savior! The team is at around .500 in the last month and are letting in a flurry of goals. Lidstrom is not a minus player, but is hovering at about a 0.

  3. I wonder what the Isles will do with him not reporting because he is not going to report, hopefully they put him back on waivers

  4. [...] he’s in New York.According to Yashin, Snow had contacted him when the club was contemplating the move to nab Nabokov from the Detroit Red Wings as he passed through waivers.“He wanted to know what I thought of [...]

  5. [...] St. Petersburg of the KHL back in December, and then inked a deal with the Detroit Red Wings before the Islanders attempted to snag him off of waivers. Nabokov infamously spurned the Isles and has since sat in limbo as far as his professional playing [...]

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