The New York Islanders
could have some crowded creases in training camp with veteran goalie Evgeni Nabokov
telling Newsday that he will attend training camp intent on earning a spot on the team, provided he's not traded in advance.
"What I want is to get back to the NHL, whether that's with the Islanders or another team," Nabokov told Islanders' beat reporter Katie Strang. "If the Islanders think I can help them, that's fine with me."
After playing nine full seasons in San Jose, Nabokov signed a multi-year contract to play in the KHL with SKA St. Petersburg last summer. However, his contract was terminated in December and Nabokov tried to get back into the NHL.
The Detroit Red Wings
signed him to a one-year contract worth a reported $570,000, but the Collective Bargaining Agreement stipulated that Nabokov had to be placed on waivers before he could join the Red Wings. That gave every team below the Red Wings in the standings a chance to claim him.