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Snow: Nabokov's an Islander

by Katrina Doell / New York Islanders
Saturday afternoon, Islanders General Manager Garth Snow was in his office making plans for Evgeni Nabokov, the veteran goaltender the team claimed off waivers earlier in the day. The Islanders made a splash at noon when they claimed Nabokov off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, who at 10:30 p.m. on January 20, was offered a contract to return to the NHL after starting the current season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

As the hockey world waited to hear when Nabokov would report, Snow and his staff were busy preparing for the arrival of a new player.

“They are making his jersey as we speak,” Snow said. “We have reserved a flight tomorrow for him to get to Long Island as soon as possible.”

Snow dismissed any notions that Nabokov would not report indicating the clear rule that Nabokov has a standard player’s contract, making him the property of the Islanders. By late Saturday afternoon, Snow was waiting for Nabokov to return messages.

“Every thing is on the up-and-up,” Snow said. “I am waiting to speak to the player, but we have spoken to his agent Don Meehan and, as a veteran in this business he knows what is to come next.”

As per the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, if a player claimed off waivers in this situation does not report to the team he was claimed by, he will not be permitted to play for another team in the NHL that season.

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