Sunday, February 26, 2012
Isles "not looking" to move Nabokov
By Katie Strang
With teams looking to add goaltending depth, Islanders netminder Evgeni Nabokov has generated some interest as Monday's deadline looms, but he does not appear to be on the block.
"I'm not looking to move him," GM Garth Snow told ESPNNewYork.com via text message Sunday.
As reported earlier this week, Nabokov and the Islanders are in the midst of contract negotiations to re-sign the 36-year-old, who claimed the Islanders' starting job after a rocky road to Long Island that began last January.
Nabokov famously spurned the Islanders when the beleaguered team claimed him off re-entry waivers. The former Vezina Trophy finalist refused to report -- he had originally signed a one-year deal with Detroit before the Islanders snatched him -- and was subsequently suspended.
Snow tolled Nabokov's contract, retaining his rights for the 2011-12 season, and the long-time San Jose Shark changed his tune in training camp this September.
Nabokov, who is playing on a one-year $570,000 deal, is 15-14-0 this season with a .925 save percentage and 2.26 goals against average.