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Evgeni Nabokov probably isn’t going anywhere

Feb 21, 2012, 11:12 AM EDT

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If you had Evgeni Nabokov on your team’s trade deadline wishlist, you’re going to have to start looking at other goalies.

Chris Botta of The New York Times and Islanders Point Blank tweets this morning that the Islanders are offering Nabokov his choice of a one or two-year extension to stay with the team. Botta says the team would like to have Nabokov sign for two years which then brings about the question of what to do with Rick DiPietro.

DiPietro’s monster contract and continued inability to stay healthy forced the Islanders to use Nabokov, Al Montoya, and now youngster Kevin Poulin. The Isles like Montoya as well as Nabokov and Poulin’s entry-level deal goes through next season.

Like Nabokov, Montoya could be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Keeping the 36-year-old Nabokov means either the Isles need to figure out how they want Poulin to proceed next season, how much they like Montoya, and perhaps hoping that the signing of a new CBA over the summer will allow for another round of amnesty-free buyouts to take care of DiPietro.

Garth Snow has been shrewd in how to handle things on Long Island, but he’d better have the right plan for how to handle this awkward situation in goal.

  1. t16rich - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:28 AM

    Dipietro…. Has any athlete ever played as little as him and still get paid so much?

  2. bcisleman - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Not really that awkward. The obvious course is for Nabby to be the starter, Montoys to be his backup, and Poulin to continue to develop in Bridgeport along with Nilsson. Isles should offer RDP his choice of a buyout or waiver to the ECHL (don’t see him getting ice time in Bridgeport with Poulin and Nilsson there) to revive his career. Of course, he could just retire and Wang could offer him a position in the organization.

  3. Exiled1 - Feb 21, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    I say groom DiPietro to be Garth Snows replacement. Or hell the guy should have a physical therapist degree by now as much as he’s been injured. If I was Wang,DiPietro would be cleaning my house and office on his days off.

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