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.



Patrick Storto's picture

CBA Section 13.20 (b)

"A Player who has been acquired by Waiver claim shall not be Traded to
another Club until the termination of Playoffs of the season in which he was acquired
unless he is first offered on the same terms to the Club or Clubs that entered a claim when
Waivers were requested originally and the offer has been refused."

Nabokov cannot be traded this year.

Rob McGowan's picture


Smart pick up by the Isles. Nabby will keep them competitive, is cheaper than Roloson's contract, and it allows Poulin to develop properly in the AHL after a brief taste of the big leagues. And if DP can't go, the Isles will have a quality back-up like the previously did in Roloson.

Have to say that I think it's a great move by Garth.

Stacy Podelski's picture

Now reports are that Nabby is not reporting to the Islanders.

Stacy Podelski's picture for the link to Nabby not reporting

George Prax's picture

Oops... guess they didn't find their keeper lol. I don't blame him, he didn't come back from Russia to play for the Isles, he came to play for the Wings and contend for a cup. The way the system is set up isn't fair.

Stacy Podelski's picture

LOL George-well I had to think of something for a title. How would you set up the system so something like this won't happen to a team again.