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Isles re-sign Nabokov: one year, $3.25 million

Jul 5, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

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Faced with uncertainty in goal, the New York Islanders went back to a familiar face.

The club has re-upped with Evgeni Nabokov on a one-year, $3.25 million deal, according to Newsday’s Arthur Staple.

The deal keeps Nabokov on Long Island for a third consecutive season and allows him to build on a successful 2013 campaign, in which he backstopped the Isles to their first postseason appearance in six years.

The 37-year-old Russian — who turns 38 in late July — played last year on a one-year, $2.75 million deal and performed admirably,  appearing in 41 of New York’s 48 contests while posting a 23-11-7 record with a .910 save percentage and 2.50 GAA.

With the Isles buying out the contract of Rick DiPietro and not having much in the way of young goalie prospects in the system, signing Nabokov was important.

He was arguably the club’s second-most important player next year — other than Hart Trophy candidate John Tavares — but, oddly, seemed to reach a standstill in negotiations in May and June.

  1. jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Beat PHT to the punch by a couple of minutes on this re-signing!

    see my comment in “PHT’s 2013 Free Agent Tracker”

    • jaredphi - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      Correction – Beat them by 1 minute (not a couple)….still, a minute’s a minute.

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    problem solved

    • jpelle82 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      ….not!

      3.25 million for a .840 in the playoffs…not a great deal. but hey it could be worse, they could be paying fleury 5 million for an .880 in the same series….

  3. bcisleman - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    Staying w/ Nabby beats signing any of the available FAs. If Hiller becomes available after Selanne signs, would Isles make a bid and possibly throw Poulin in on the deal? Be a strong tandem.

  4. 19to77 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Hmmm… all of this year’s main trade targets are FAs next summer. Halak, Miller, Hiller, Brian Elliott, Vokoun and even Corey Crawford, who’ll likely be in line for a BIG step up from the $2.66m he’s making now. Guessing the plan is to stick it out one more year with Nabby and hope some of those guys aren’t resigned during the regular season.

  5. giantssb42champs - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    A bargain when u look at the Rask deal.

  6. georgejarkko - Jul 5, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    A reasonable contract on the opening day of Free Agency??!?!

  7. georgejarkko - Jul 5, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    (Flyers did better w/Emery though)

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