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Should the Islanders trade Evgeni Nabokov?

Feb 16, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

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No matter how many times Chicago general manager Stan Bowman says he isn’t looking for another goalie, if the Islanders were willing to trade Evgeni Nabokov, it’s hard to believe there wouldn’t be interest.

And if there isn’t, there should be.

Consider Bowman’s alternatives:

—- Stick with what he’s got and pray one of Corey Crawford or Ray Emery can pull it together in time for the playoffs.

—- Go after a guy like Ryan Miller and give up a lot (Patrick Kane?) in return.

—- Go after a guy like Nikolai Khabibulin, a 39-year-old who hasn’t even been very good since a hot start and has a year left on his contract.

Nabokov, on the other hand, would give Bowman a veteran with playoff experience that’s playing great and has an expiring contract, meaning the Blackhawks could remain committed to Crawford as their goalie of the future.

Just one problem – Garth Snow doesn’t want to trade Nabokov. The Isles’ GM thinks his team can make the playoffs, despite the fact it’s eight points back of eighth place in the Eastern Conference with just 26 games left to make up the difference.

It’s been projected that 92 points will be needed to make the playoffs in the East, meaning the Isles would have to go something like 18-8-0 to sneak in. Possible? Sure. Likely? Not at all.

Of course, Snow has to consider how trading Nabokov would look to his players and the fans. Nabokov also has a no-movement clause – never know, maybe he really likes it on Long Island.

Let’s throw it out to Isles fans – what do you think Snow should do with Nabokov? What do you think he will do?

  1. goalieguy37 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    If I were nabokov, I’d get out of that sinking ship. if I were the islanders GM, I’d hire a hit man to take out DiPietro. The islanders need to start over with thier goalies.

    • elvispocomo - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      How about a hit man with a time machine to take out Milbury for all the stupid moves he made.

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      The Isles’ ship isnt sinking. They are a team on the rise and Nabby seems content here.

    • emoser - Feb 16, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      Forget trading with Chicago… why not an even swap of Nabakov for Bryzgalov? How could they go wrong with the DiPietro and Bryz combo for the next 10 years?

  2. bear654 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    Not an Isles fan, but moving a guy out (who didn’t want to play for NYI to begin with) while his value is high would be my move.

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:56 PM

      He’s changed his mind about playing on the Island. See my post below.

  3. rhymenoceros9 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    I didn’t know the Isles had fans

    • jpelle82 - Feb 16, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      i know of just one, waiting for him (bcislesman) to chime in here…

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      Hundreds on twitter actually.

      • imleftcoast - Feb 17, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        Are they the Brooklyn Islanders now? Maybe they should change the name to the Atlantic Avenue Islanders?

  4. bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 2:59 PM

    Isles need stability in net. If Garth can get Nabby & Al to extend, do it & give Poulin & Nilsson time to develop. That’s worth more than anything Garth can likely get in trade. BTW, for much of the last month, Isles have been 6-2-2 over last 10. If they play at that pace for remaining 26, they’ll make it.

  5. spizzjr - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    As a big isles fan I think the playoffs is likely to elude us this year but for the first time it won’t be out of our grasp do not trade nabby he is showing signs of himself from 5-6 years ago I say sign him for two more years that will show u have confidence in him and you believe he can help this team contend and he can play a full year without free agency looming! And yes he has stated he likes the atmosphere and his teammates are a great group of guys young talents and with promise I feel he’s having fun!

  6. themediaisdumberthandirt - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:18 PM

    Wasn’t this the guy that the Red Wings were supposed to pick up when all of a sudden the Islanders came out of nowhere and vultured him away?

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      If by “vultured” you mean that Garth Snow acquired a needed talent according to the rules, yes. Isles tried what Wings did with Wade Dubliewicz and CLB claimed him. Several other players were claimed in the same way at the same time as Nabby, Difference is that Dubie and all those other players reported and no one said a word. The hypocrisy about that claim wasnt appealing then. Its even less so now. Nabby has decided he likes playing on the Island. The DET thing is irrelevant.

  7. danphipps01 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:12 PM

    Aye, trade him. Look, they’re a long shot to even MAKE the playoffs, and Lord knows they’re not going to win the Stanley Cup if they do miraculously limp their way in. They’re a lot of parts short of a Cup-winning roster. Nabakov’s a solid trade chip. Shoot him to Chicago, to Toronto, Tampa, who knows? Someone wants to upgrade their goaltending. And they all have things the Isles would want.

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:32 PM

      If Isles make it in, they won’t be limping. They’ll need a .700 winning % to get in…and hot teams often make a lot of noise in the playoffs.

      • danphipps01 - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:57 PM

        Hmmm… point taken.

    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      Garth is in a tough spot. The team is really a year or two away from having all the pieces in the system developed and on the roster to make them a true contender. They are, at best, a bubble team right now. But Isles really need action on an arena this summer and a playoff berth and winning a series or two could help a lot. Giving the team its best chance to do that is more important than getting a few more picks or prospects. In fact, if Isles can surge going into the deadline with say 65 pts, I could see Garth doing some targeted buying. A good top four would be very helpful as well as a good bottom 6 F. We will see.

  8. dgs2012 - Feb 16, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Nabakov has been feast or famine for the Isles. In his last 5 games, Nabakov has allowed 2 goals in 3 wins, but 7 goals in 2 losses.

    So, in terms of the Blackhawks, the trade would upgrade their goaltending–but how much would the Isles ask in return?

    What does Chicago have as trading chips?

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    • bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      The MTL game wasn’t really his fault. He was a little shaky v FLA, but he’d been playing a bunch of games. He has been very good this year. Dont want to trade him though.

      • dgs2012 - Feb 17, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Missed last night’s game with the flu … I see why you don’t … Montoya is just god awful.

  9. bcisleman - Feb 16, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Folks, Brough DID ask for ISLANDER fans to chime in. He sure did NOT ask for a lot of Islander haters to do so. I notice that some people are dinging my comments but no one is presenting any counter arguments. That;s fine.

  10. arrooo - Feb 16, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Ask Mike Milbury what to do, then do the exact opposite

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