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Evgeni Nabokov might not be able to help your fantasy team

Mar 28, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

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Evgeni Nabokov‘s future with the New York Islanders will surprisingly be extended into next season, but there’s a chance fans might not see much more of him this season. Katie Strang reports that Nabokov left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and did not return.

The Islanders went on to win, hurting the Penguins while simultaneously helping the New York Rangers in the process.

They also damaged their chances in the draft lottery, as well, as this win keeps them just outside the bottom five in the NHL at 75 points with six games left.

There’s no word on the severity of Nabokov’s injury, but at this point, they might be better off just letting him rest. He already got his contract extension while, at this point, New York might benefit from trotting out tomato cans so they can continue slipping lower down the ranks and improve their draft lottery odds in the process.

Ultimately, there’s only one two parties that really could benefit from Nabokov coming back: head coach Jack Capuano (to an extent) and fantasy hockey owners (to a much larger degree).

  1. themajorleagueblog - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    A shame because Nabby has been carrying me on the goalie front(I have Biron and Clemmensen on my team

  2. pooinyourface - Mar 28, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    Funny, I only heard a bunch of crybabies whining over Fleury being elbowed by his own teammate and blaming it on Islanders. I’m surprised this made the news.

  3. bcisleman - Mar 28, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    I agree with shutting Nabby down, but it creates a dilemma. Anders Nilsson apparently has been injured and Bridgeport is competing for a playoff spot. If Kevin Poulin is called up, it will certainly hurt Bridgeport’s chances. Not clear who backs up Montoya the rest of the way if Nabby can’t play. And, BTW, Montoya looked very good in relief, so I don’t know how much he’ll help the stink for grigorenk(o),

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