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Isles GM: Team did everything right with Nabokov @NHL

UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) - New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow says the team did everything the right way in its attempted acquisition of goalie Evgeni Nabokov.

The Islanders suspended Nabokov on Tuesday for not reporting to the team after he was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings.

Snow spoke to MSG Network before Wednesday's night home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Snow says there had been internal discussions about improving the team through the waiver process before goalie Nathan Lawson strained his MCL in the Islanders' 5-2 win in Buffalo on Jan. 21.

Once it was announced Lawson would miss up to two weeks, "we needed to do it," Snow said.

The 35-year-old Nabokov signed a one-year contract with Detroit on Thursday.

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