- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN Staff Writer
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The Islanders are in the midst of contract negotiations with goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, a source confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com’s Katie Strang.
The 36-year-old Nabokov, who has missed the last three games due to the flu, is 14-14-0 for the Islanders this season with a 2.24 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and two shutouts.
Earlier this month, Islanders GM Garth Snow told Strang that he has “no intention” of trading Nabokov.
Nabokov spent part of last season in the KHL. He wanted to join the Red Wings, but was claimed by the Islanders off waivers. Nabokov was upset, and declined to report, so the Islanders tolled his contract.
Nabokov decided to come to training camp at the start of the 2011-12 campaign, and has emerged as the Islanders’ No. 1 netminder.
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