(UPDATE Again) The Islanders have since suspended Nabokov for not reporting to the team. There have been reports of the goalie actually hanging up on GM Garth Snow having mistook him for a media outliet before having his agent return his call for him. Owner Charles Wang has also attempted to reach the netminder to no avail. So as this stalemate stands the Islanders can appeal to have Nabokov suspended through next season so stay tuned to the newest debacle on Long Island.
(UPDATE): Just a few hours after being claimed by the Islanders, word got around that Nabokov would not report to the Islanders. This could determine any future Nabby plans on having in the NHL if he doesn’t change his mind. New York is not obligated to do anything and this could just be a stalemate for both parties. It’s clear they intended for having him with the team but it appears Nabokov envisioned playing for a contender when he left the KHL last month.
After terminating his contract with KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg and returning to America, Evgeni Nabokov’s NHL career appears to be continuing on Long Island. Despite agreeing to a one-year $565,000 with the Detroit Red Wings, the 35-year-old netminder was claimed by the New York Islanders upon entering re-entry waivers as every player outside of the NHL is subject to.
Barring a trade, it appears he would have to honor the same contract with the lowly Islanders who are third-to-last in the league with 37 points unlike Detroit who happen to be third from the top with 64. It’s still likely that a deal would be worked out that would get the Islanders a draft pick in exchange for Nabby but with their inconsistency in net, he could be the short-term solution.
The Islanders have suspended Nabokov for the remainder of the season.