In a move that was surprising to nobody, except maybe the Detroit Red Wings, the Isles claimed Evgeni Nabokov off of waivers today. While Nabokov is a capable goalie, I don't know what I might think of this deal. This season is now a wash, with the Islanders well out of contention for even the 8th playoff spot. Perhaps Nathan Lawson getting injured had something to do with it, or at least gave Garth Snow an excuse to keep this commodity out of Red Wings hands. Who knows. Anyway, so long, first overall draft pick. Hello to Dipietro getting more sick time. :)
Article from New York Islanders.com
Veteran goaltender signed one-year deal with Detroit on Jan. 20
Saturday, 01.22.2011 / 11:50 AM / NewsThe 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.
Nabokov, 35, began this season with SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). According to the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, any player that plays in a different professional league before signing an NHL contract must go through waivers before joining the team.
In 22 games this season with St. Petersburg, Nabokov posted an 8-8-5 record with a 3.02 goals against average (GAA) and a .888 save percentage (sv%). The Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan native was drafted in the ninth round, 219th overall, of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. In nine NHL seasons with San Jose, Nabokov appeared in 563 games, posting a 293-178-29-37 (W-L-T-OT) record with a 2.39 GAA and a .912 sv%. He also played in 80 NHL playoff games with San Jose, posting a 40-38 record with a 2.29 GAA and a .913 sv%.