Islanders Find a Keeper in Evgeni Nabokov
New York, NY - The New York Islanders have made a bold move today claiming keeper Evgeni Nabokov off waivers on Sunday afternoon. The 35 year old goaltender will play under the one-year contract that he signed with the Red Wings on January 20.
The buzz around both Twitter and Facebook is if the veteran keeper will actually report to the Islanders. The Russian born keeper is hungry for a crack at the Stanley Cup. This was an interesting move by New York who once had veteran keeper Dwayne Roloson on their roster.
If Nabakov does decide to stick with the Islanders, there is reason for excitement for fans of New York. The 35-year-old keeper had become the leader for the San Jose Sharks in nearly every category including games played, wins and shutouts.
Nabakov is a thrilling keeper to watch, he challenges the opposing team and is very aggressive on the ice. Sadly though the keeper has not completely recovered from a groin-injury that he suffered in the 2006-07 NHL season.
Many fans wonder if this is just something the Islanders are doing just so they can flip the keeper for younger talent, or if the keeper will actually come in and play for an Islanders squad that has three goal keepers with questionable status.
First there is regular keeper Rick DiPietro, who has been on intravenous due to flu like symptoms. Then you have the two rookie keepers Nathan Lawson and Kevin Poulin. Lawson just injured his left leg in the first period of Saturday night’s game against the Sabres. So that just leaves Poulin to guard the net for the Islanders.
Now it is time to hear from you the fans-do you think the addition of Nabakov to be a good one? Do you think he will report with the team? Leave your thoughts below and let the world know what your thoughts are on the claim of the Russian keeper.