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10:25 AM ET 07.23 | In January, Evgeni Nabokov signed a bargain basement $570,000 deal with the Detroit Red Wings, hoping to re-establish himself and go on a playoff run. Because he had started the season overseas, however, he had to clear waivers. And that's where his time with the New York Islanders began. After I posted the goaltending situations for all 30 NHL teams yesterday, I received a lot of questions regarding Nabokov's status this year after he initially refused to play for the Islanders last season. In May, Nabokov's agent Don Meehan told the local press that he would be at training camp in the fall. Today, Meehan confirmed that Nabokov will stick things out in the NHL this season, playing a full year on the $570,000 contract he had intended to last only a few months in Detroit. There won't be anymore trips to the KHL -- or anywhere else for that matter.

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July 23, 2011  10:32 AM ET

Will Ken Holland try again to bring him to Detroit?

July 23, 2011  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Will Ken Holland try again to bring him to Detroit?

I doubt it Roamer. Last year Kenny had a need to sign the whiny beotch but not now.

July 23, 2011  11:10 AM ET

I also wonder who will want to ever deal with the Islanders in good faith.It's usually a gentlemans agreement to let a player clear, but obviously not always.

July 23, 2011  11:12 AM ET

My dislike for Garth Snow and his idiotic moves notwithsranding, I hope that Nabby has to stick it out with a team like the Islanders just to learn some important life lessons. I don't have much respect for a player that jumped ship for what he thought were greener pastures, only to try returning in the same year and then cherry picking his destination.

July 23, 2011  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I also wonder who will want to ever deal with the Islanders in good faith.It's usually a gentlemans agreement to let a player clear, but obviously not always.

last time things discussion came up the board was pretty split, but I'm definitely on your side, it was a punk move by Snow who managed to get himself from a situation of 3 starting goalies to negative 2 or 3 in a pretty short span. Poaching another team's player after they did all the legwork was classless, and its not as if he could have claimed to have been justified by being a legitimate contender.

July 23, 2011  11:23 AM ET

Well I looked it up, I guess he was traded by the Flyers the year the Wings beat them, for awhile I thought he harbored a grudge :)

July 23, 2011  11:29 AM ET

I'd like to have the opportunity to pick up a pay check of "only" $570,000 for year.

July 23, 2011  12:21 PM ET

Thanks a lot Foil. Comments #5 & #6 are sure to bring out Isleman to tell us what idiots we all are and how Garth Snow is the second coming of Einstein. :-)

July 23, 2011  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Garth Snow is the second coming of Einstein. :-)

Saskatchewan Stories. com discusses a story about Einstein.

It suggests that Albert Einstein was the goalie for the Canwood Canucks for a winter, though no time frame is mentioned. Supposedly the world's most famous 20th century theorist spent some time "sojourning north to Canada to find peace and silence for his work on the Theory of Relativity." The site also claims he had played hockey in his younger years in Germany.

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July 23, 2011  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Saskatchewan Stories. com discusses a story about Einstein.It suggests that Albert Einstein was the goalie for the Canwood Canucks for a winter, though no time frame is mentioned. Supposedly the world's most famous 20th century theorist spent some time "sojourning north to Canada to find peace and silence for his work on the Theory of Relativity." The site also claims he had played hockey in his younger years in Germany.

Not to mention a certain young lady named Marilyn Monroe had visited him also.

July 23, 2011  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Saskatchewan Stories. com discusses a story about Einstein.It suggests that Albert Einstein was the goalie for the Canwood Canucks for a winter, though no time frame is mentioned. Supposedly the world's most famous 20th century theorist spent some time "sojourning north to Canada to find peace and silence for his work on the Theory of Relativity." The site also claims he had played hockey in his younger years in Germany.

Interesting BF, thanks. I'd never heard that before.

July 23, 2011  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

...It suggests that Albert Einstein was the goalie for the Canwood Canucks for a winter...

Of course - That's common knowledge.

And Enrico Fermi used to slip away from Los Alamos, when he needed a break from developing the atomic bomb, and hook up with the bull-riding circuit in the Oklahoma panhandle...

:-D

July 23, 2011  02:13 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Interesting BF, thanks. I'd never heard that before.

Nice to see he went old school...sans helmet and visor.

July 23, 2011  03:25 PM ET

When the Isles sign Yashin next week I can't wait to see Aisleman come out of hiding. Now there is a true clown who wears the best bozo nose. Come on Aisleman, we need your wisdom!

July 23, 2011  03:42 PM ET

Snow is not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I agree with him fully on what he did. If Nabby played last year he would have been a UFA, so stupid is as stupid does.

July 23, 2011  04:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I also wonder who will want to ever deal with the Islanders in good faith.It's usually a gentlemans agreement to let a player clear, but obviously not always.

A gentleman's agreement sounds a lot like collusion and if I was an owner and my GM wasn't trying to better my team I'd be looking for a new GM

July 23, 2011  04:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I also wonder who will want to ever deal with the Islanders in good faith.It's usually a gentleman's agreement to let a player clear, but obviously not always.

Gentlemen don't play hockey. Just saying

July 23, 2011  05:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Gentlemen don't play hockey. Just saying

Gentleman's agreements went out after the second world war. I can't blame Snow for what he did in this deal but he's still a pisspoor GM. If it wouldn't have been NYI, someone else would have still picked up for that price.

 
July 23, 2011  05:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Gentlemen don't play hockey. Just saying

I heard long ago airline attendents said hockey players were the most well mannered group of any professional players. Did you notice only one GM upset the applecart. But that's why I'm a retired factory worker.

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