Islanders website: Announced goaltender, Evgeny Nabokov has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2012-13 season.
“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov said. “We have a great group in the locker room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.”
“Evgeni has proven that he can still play at an elite level in the NHL,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said. “He’s given us a chance to win every night and we’re excited to have him back for another season.”
The ultimate sign many of those in professional media circles create issues for their own profile without really knowing anything about the circumstances.
This was a player two summers ago who did not take Ed Snider's money in Philadelphia and went to the KHL.
Another huge endorsement of this teams management, Nabokov had options this summer.
This was a player the Islanders forced to play here this season for only five hundred thousand dollars. His contract was tolled, he could have come here with a horrible attitude, and was not given the starters role out of camp.
He got his chances, got hurt again, returned and finally the rust came off his game and management saw the durable goaltender he was in San Jose.
We also saw something else, a player who looked like he was enjoying his time here and wanted to stay with some excellent prospect goaltenders management needs to make some tough decisions on.
This could backfire next year, not a lot of players are as durable as Dwayne Roloson
was in his forties, but on paper it's the right signing for this franchise at this time.
Long term, not sure what this means for Poulin, Nabokov, Koskinen besides someone's going to be moving on but that would have happened anyway.
Can make no projection on Al Montoya or Rick DiPietro beyond one is signed, the other is a free agent.