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Nabokov suspended for not flying to visit Isles

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08:43 AM ET 01.26 | The waiver-wire claim of Evgeni Nabokov has taken another odd turn. The Islanders suspended Nabokov for his refusal to report after the team claimed him off waivers Saturday. General manager Garth Snow took the action after the 35-year-old netminder failed to board a second flight the Islanders booked to bring him to Long Island. Snow talked to Nabokov twice Sunday and remained optimistic he'd change his mind about not reporting. But after the Islanders sent him an itinerary for a second flight Monday, Nabokov again spurned the team. "He hasn't reported. We picked him up off waivers and anticipated he'd be part of our team, our organization. His failure to report led to this," Snow said before Tuesday night's game against the Penguins.

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January 26, 2011  08:59 AM ET

uh - ok.
Nabokov said he wasn't going to come, so Snow suspended him? That makes sense.

And why is Snow not trading him to get prospects or draft picks rather than trying to fight this fight?

January 26, 2011  09:20 AM ET

Hey idiot. You can't trade a player picked up on waivers. You can just waive him. Learn the rules lol

January 26, 2011  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey idiot. You can't trade a player picked up on waivers. You can just waive him. Learn the rules lol

You crawled out of obscurity just to insult somebody? Nice going, junior. You can crawl back into your hole now for another ... forever.

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET

The funniest part of this whole thing was Snow saying during an interview that he was "surprised" by Nabakov not wanting to be on Long Island.
And he added this gem, "it's a great place to raise a family"...Wow!

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You crawled out of obscurity just to insult somebody? Nice going, junior. You can crawl back into your hole now for another ... forever.

Good morning, roamer.

January 26, 2011  09:27 AM ET

Oooh, you're in trouble!!! ;)

January 26, 2011  09:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The funniest part of this whole thing was Snow saying during an interview that he was "surprised" by Nabakov not wanting to be on Long Island. And he added this gem, "it's a great place to raise a family"...Wow!

In his defense GB, he didn't say a family of what.

January 26, 2011  09:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

In his defense GB, he didn't say a family of what.

Shouldn't that be GS instead of GB? Go get another cup of coffee.

Shouldn't they have worked all this out before they claimed him off of waivers?

January 26, 2011  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Hey idiot. You can't trade a player picked up on waivers. You can just waive him. Learn the rules lol

Well, hi there Mr. Warmth. I see you have a future in California politics. Rude and always grating on the nerves. You have a good day now. I can't wait for comment #2.

January 26, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And he added this gem, "it's a great place to raise a family"...Wow!

Especially if you buy a pad in the Bronx.

January 26, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Shouldn't that be GS instead of GB? Go get another cup of coffee. Shouldn't they have worked all this out before they claimed him off of waivers?

No it should be "GB" and I'm on my second cup. :-)

January 26, 2011  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Good morning, roamer.

Good morning. I'd venture a guess he isn't a relative of yours.

January 26, 2011  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No it should be "GB" and I'm on my second cup. :-)

Morning C eh...

January 26, 2011  10:00 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Morning C eh...

Morning Sir.

January 26, 2011  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Good morning. I'd venture a guess he isn't a relative of yours.

Correct...No family in Newport Beach and even if he was, I wouldn't admit it.

January 26, 2011  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And he added this gem, "it's a great place to raise a family"...Wow!

Could be worse. He could be in Detroit!

January 26, 2011  10:22 AM ET

Did he give him a spanking and send him to bed without supper too?

January 26, 2011  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Could be worse. He could be in Detroit!

At least it would be a really fast, elusive family! BTW, that's not meant to be superior. I'm in Cleveland. :-)

January 26, 2011  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I'm in Cleveland. :-)

Slappy please accept our heartfelt condolences. :-)

 
January 26, 2011  10:33 AM ET

It had to happen eventually - at least Snow didn't drag it out pretending it was something it isn't.

Like they said on TSN: his only real option is to report. If he doesn't, the Isles can get his contract to count next year instead of this year (boy could the Raptors use that kind of clause with some of their pick ups), and he's lost himself even more time and money. Report to the team, make yourself look like you can stop some pucks in the next month, see if a GM can weasel out a way to pull off a trade for you if you play well enough. If not, go back to the KHL or stay at home and get fat.

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