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Report: Isles, Nabokov to part ways

Jun 20, 2014, 2:26 PM EDT

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After three years as the No. 1 on Long Island, Evgeni Nabokov appears primed to move on.

The Islanders and the Russian netminder are reportedly unable to reach an agreement on a new deal, according to multiple sources. The news comes just weeks after GM Garth Snow acquired and signed Jaroslav Halak to be the team’s new starting netminder — yesterday, Newsday reported Nabokov and the Isles “are not close” to a deal that would see the Russian netminder return as Halak’s backup next season.

Also yesterday, Snow (along with director of player development Eric Cairns and franchise legend Mike Bossy) met with season ticket holders about plans for the upcoming campaign. While the session wasn’t made available to the media, one attendee tweeted some of the meeting highlights, including Snow’s remark that the Isles offered Nabokov a one-year pact, which he rejected.

This leaves New York with a precarious situation in goal. Anders Nilsson, who made 19 appearances for the Isles last season, has signed with Ak Bars Kazan of the KHL and Kevin Poulin, who played 28 games last year, is a pending RFA — meaning that, as things currently stand, there are no goalies under contract for next season aside from Halak.


  1. timmyp716 - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Wow is this team a mess or what. I’m pretty sure most of the people that post here would do a much much better job with no experience managing a team.

    • 19to77 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      Dude, if your shining example of bad Isles management is one of the best decisions they’ve made in the last three years, I don’t really know what to tell you. Nabby’s corpse has been done with the NHL for a long while now.

      • mshantz22 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        Dude, I think you are confusing poor goaltending and lack of defensive play.

      • elvispocomo - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        They’ve got all summer to fix it, but you can hardly say losing your best and second best options for a backup is a shining example of how to be a GM.

    • 19inarow - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      You’re an idiot.

    • adamal17 - Jun 20, 2014 at 10:12 PM

      I’m pretty sure their management is still feeling the pain from having Milburry as a GM before Garth took over. Nabokov had a horrible year last year. Snow is making the right call on this. Having Halak is a good, long term upgrade for the Isles. With them moving to Brooklyn they’ll be able to attract a few more notable free agents. Management there is just fine…just digging out of a hole dug by an idiot who no one takes serious even as an announcer.

  2. withseidelinn - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Reimer to the Isles? Doubt he wants to fight for a starting gig again with Halak, but I’d be curious to see how Snow values him.

  3. mshantz22 - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    Although I am surprised snow hasn’t gotten fired over the last 2 years, I think he is actually starting to make some decent moves. His real problem is his / the Islanders’ poor reputation, which will make it difficult for Snow to put together a very good team. Hopefully they get a new majority owner and clean house on staff. Nabby should be able to find himself a job as a backup somewhere in the NHL.

  4. frankiesweep - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Big deal. The rest of these guys aren’t any good to begin with.

  5. billsin20xx - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Keep it up Garth, the Sabres really want to use your #1 pick next year for McDavid!!!

    • bcisleman - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Not unless they can get him late first.

      • cliffatola - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:25 AM

        What does that even mean ? McDavid isn’t even draft eligible until 2015 and will be either the #1 or #2 pick. Safe to say #1 unless Jack Eichel really picks his game up this year.

  6. islesjb - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Even though he fought it kicking and screaming, once he settled in Nabby was a great a great leader and a great Islander. He pretty much laid an egg in the playoffs but without his stellar play down the stretch, there is no way the Isles would have gotten that far. Thanks for the most exciting Islander’s season in the past 6 years! (god that’s sad).

  7. canadiansportsfan77 - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    Nabokov is gone, fair enough, Snow should sign Montoya back to the Isles again…i think hes an UFA this year. He did well as the backup a few yrs ago and can battle for a starting gig if Halak faulters which I doubt he would.

    • bcisleman - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      Montoya is a possibility…if for no other reason than Isles can play You can call me Al everytime he wins! Reimer is another. They might also trade Boyle’s rights and a defensive prospect to TBL for one of their young goalies. Mikko might be brought back to play in Bport.

  8. flyboystransport - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    He wants to start still. …which is why I’m not understanding the flyers supposedly are kicking the tires

  9. powerpop18 - Jun 20, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Jonas Hiller? Cam Ward? How does Garth Snow still have a job? He’s got the ‘Minus’ touch. Everything he touches turns to crap.

  10. phillyphannn83 - Jun 20, 2014 at 9:09 PM

    I’d like to see the Flyers ditch Emery and sign Nabokov to back up Mason.

    • cliffatola - Jun 21, 2014 at 12:26 AM

      I suspect it will be Hiller, he still has a few years in the tank and the Flyers don’t have anyone close yet.

  11. mjw9326mjw9326 - Jun 21, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Unless nobody offers him anything anywhere near what the Isles offer, I doubt Hiller will go to them. There is virtually no chance of a cup run anytime soon. Same thing with Miller. They both want a shot at a cup.
    As for Snow, please do the Sabres a favor. Keep on screwing up and make sure you bring in Darcy Regier to help you mess it up. We really want a shot at both McDavid AND Eichel at 1 and 2. That would be a dream come true. On top of it, we would still have the Blues first round pick and some more seconds as well. The future of the Sabres will be clear by next years draft.

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