Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Nabokov Re-Signs on the Island

On Wednesday, the New York Islanders have re-signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a new 1-year deal, reportedly worth $2.75 million and it doesn't have any no-trade or no-movement clauses, which gives both the player and the team plenty of flexibility in the 2013 season to each get what they want... a chance to play on a contender with a good contract and the assets the team needs in their rebuild.

The 2012 season has not panned out how each the player or team may have wanted it to go, with injuries playing a huge part as to why the veteran netminder was not dealt at the trade deadline, but the faith of Nabokov playing some good hockey while in an Islanders uniform and the luxury of being dealt to any team that the Islanders can find to take him on for assets make this into a very good deal.

Nabokov has earned 17 wins and 2 shutouts this season for 38 points in the hockey pool, which as of Wednesday morning, ranks him 175th overall in pool scoring, 31st among all goalies.  It isn't necessarily ranking him among the starting goalies of the league, but that isn't too bad, since he has been injured and his time has been split all year.

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