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Report: Islanders contract not “imminent” for Nabokov

Feb 23, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that New York Islanders GM Garth Snow and Evgeni Nabokov‘s agent have been discussing a new contract – and “will talk again.” That being said, McKenzie also stated that “no new deal is imminent.”

As great as the former San Jose Sharks netminder has been in Long Island, it’s tough to deny his climbing value on the trade market – which only grew after Ottawa Senators goalie Craig Anderson suffered a strange self-inflicted injury.

Nabokov is already 36 years old and will turn 37 in July – the same month he’ll sign his next contract unless the Isles/some other team extends him first. There’s no doubt that the Isles have some question marks in net, but with a 0.6 percent chance of making the postseason, Snow should be looking to the future.

There’s nothing wrong with going short-term, but Nabby’s greatest value might be in how much he can yield in a trade with a contender desperate to improve in net.

Either way, let there be no doubt that last season’s waiver claim was another shrewd move by Snow, who has actually made a lot of clever under-the-radar decisions that have been overshadowed by his biggest blunder with a different goalie contract. The most surprising thing is that the move paid off even considering all the headaches that came with Nabokov’s theatrics last season.

  1. bcisleman - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    The RDP contract was NOT Snow’s blunder. It was Wang’s. Snow had just become GM and no doubt had to sign on to the deal to take the position, but the deal had been made the year before and was delayed a year at the request of Bettman who hoped Wang would reconsider.

  2. bcisleman - Feb 23, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    In any event, Isles need Nabby to mind the nets for a few years while their prospects mature. Its not just about this year. Hard to imagine anything another team could offer that would match having a stable situation in net for the next few, but hey Im sure Garth will listen. Of course, Nabby would have to approve.

  3. jaypot23 - Feb 23, 2012 at 11:49 PM

    Nice work BCIsleman. The idea that Snow signed DP to that deal is ridiculous.

    • bcisleman - Feb 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM

      Thanks. Its understandable that some might think that the RDP deal was his. He was GM when The Contract was signed and he had a lot to say at the news conference when it was announced. But that deal was ALL Wang.

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