Nabokov "Waives" off the Islanders: The Sad Tale of Evgeni Nabokov

January 27th, 2011 by Charlie Weinman Leave a reply »
The return of former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has taken a turn for the worse. The comeback story that one time held a feel good effect has now lost its spark at the hands of the New York Islanders.

Once the Detroit Red Wings backup netminder Chris Osgood was placed on the injured reserved list after tearing his groin, the Red Wings needed a new goalie to back-up Jimmy Howard.

On January 20th, the Detroit Red Wings claimed the Russian goalie, Evgeni Nabokov, off waivers to fill this hole. Detroit’s front office and coach Mike Babcock felt that Nabokov would be a great fit into the Red Wings’ locker room.

Evgeni Nabokov made it clear that when he returned to the NHL, he wanted to be apart of a team that was a Stanley Cup contender. Leading the Central Division and sitting comfortably in second place in the Western Conference, Detroit seemed like a perfect fit.

The turn for the worse came two days later. On January 22, it was reported that the second worst team in the NHL, the New York Islanders, claimed him. But I thought the Red Wings claimed him? What is the deal with the Islanders?

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