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Nabokov eager to get new season underway

Sep 15, 2013, 10:24 AM EDT

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At 38 years old, Evgeni Nabokov has seen it all in the NHL. When it comes to moving on past an early playoff exit, he knows what that’s like all too well.

As he tells Arthur Staple of New York Newsday, he moved on past his disappointing play in that series already and is ready to get started anew.

“With me, 2-3 weeks and it’s out of the window. We have to move on,” Nabokov said. “We can’t continue to think about what happened last year. Last year is last year; it was a 48-game season, was totally different. That’s in the past. Who cares? I don’t care.”

You have to love the stubbornness of a veteran goalie.

Nabokov is right to want to forget about that series because he played poorly against the high-powered Penguins putting up a .842 save percentage and a 4.44 goals-against average. If he let that performance linger in his memory, he might have nightmares.

As it is, he’s gunning to lead the Islanders even higher in the standings this year in the new Metropolitan Division. Now that the Islanders have gotten a taste for the playoffs, they don’t want it to be another five years before they get back again.

  1. nogoodtomedead - Sep 15, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    So I’m a Sharks fan- and I love Nabokov. But we all know he was part of quite a few of those under-whelming playoff performances and early exits. Fair or not- the criticism of Nabby in the playoffs was that he never stole a series for the Sharks- which was tough when it seemed like every year we would come up against the hottest goalie in the world (series from Kiprusoff, Hiller, Roloson, Niemi come to mind).

    Maybe he should give caring a try- especially at 38.

    Love this guy- great goalie- but the Islanders need to find some other solution- clearly he doesn’t fit with such a young team going forward anyways.

    • bcisleman - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:00 PM

      They needed Nabby back because he bonded w/ the team and helped them play better. JT even publicly called for his return. Problem is they need a capable backup or tandem goalie that Cappy has confidence in and who will push Nabby to be better. So far, Poulin doesn’t seem to be that guy. With Hiller, Halak and Miller scheduled to be UFAs next summer, Garth may well make a deal prior to the deadline if Poulin doesn’t turn it around.

      • bcsteele - Sep 15, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        From a Blues fan…if Halak bounces back this year, which all indications are he will given his new physical condition regiment, he will be unavailable. Promise. If he doesn’t…by all means give us something for him!

      • bcisleman - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:21 PM

        Don’t think its that simple. Even if he bounces back, you have two quality guys behind him and Blues might need, say, a forward like Grabner more than they need three quality goalies. They might also be worried about being able to re-sign him within their cap structure.

      • jl9830 - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Grabner? Lol. Why would the Isles ever trade their second best forward for an inconsistent rental like Halak? You’re crazy if you think the Isles would trade Grabner.

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