Islanders Suspend Evgeni Nabokov For Failing To Report After Waiver Claim

Evgeni Nabokov decided not to report to the New York Islanders after the team claimed him off waivers. The team decided to suspend him on Tuesday.

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Evgeni Nabokov Won't Report To New York Islanders After Waiver Claim

In a pretty shocking development this afternoon, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov won't report to the New York Islanders after the team claimed him off waivers Saturday from the Detroit Red Wings. Most seemed to believe that the 35-year-old veteran would report as a way to get playing time in an audition for an NHL job next season.

In fact, as pointed out by Chris Botta at Islanders Point Blank...

His agent, Don Meehan, went on record to Bob McKenzie declaring that Nabokov would report to the team that acquired him on waivers. His audition for a contract for next season will be with the Islanders.

A change of heart, it seems. Granted, the fall from Detroit to the Island is a brutally heartbreaking one, and there's not even a guarantee that Nabokov would have received ample playing time in New York. Goaltender Rick DiPierto, if healthy, will get most starts the rest of the way.

Two things can happen now. The Islanders may suspend Nabokov for not reporting, or they may simply waive him again. If they choose the latter, the other teams that put a claim in for the goaltender on Saturday will have first crack at him, starting with the team lowest in the standings. Those teams aren't publicly known, however. 

For more, stick with our Isles blog, Lighthouse Hockey

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Evgeni Nabokov Claimed By New York Islanders

The New York Islanders goaltender carousel keeps on spinning, and after trading Dwayne Roloson and waiting through more injury woes with long-time starter/injured reserve mainstay Rick DiPietro, they're looking to take a chance on veteran Evgeni Nabokov.

Just after the 12 p.m. deadline for teams to put in claims, we learned that the Islanders had claimed Nabokov off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings. Other teams may have put in a claim as well, but the Islanders had priority over every NHL team other than New Jersey and Edmonton due to their rank in the NHL's standings. 

His one-year prorated contract with the Wings now transfers to New York, but Nabokov has a choice whether or not he reports to the Islanders. That will depend on how badly he wants to play in the NHL again, it would seem. Still, falling from Detroit to the Island is an unforgiving drop that could have a nasty ending. 

The Islanders cannot trade Nabokov for the rest of the season as a result of a claim. 

For more on the news, check in with Lighthouse Hockey.

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Evgeni Nabokov On Waivers; New Jersey Devils May Reportedly Put In Claim

After signing a one-year, $570,000 deal late last night with the Detroit Red Wings, goaltender Evgeni Nabokov is on waivers as of 12 p.m. Eastern. Now the waiting game begins for the Wings, who hope he clears the 24-hour waiver period unclaimed.

As we've already discussed, it's likely that Nabokov gets claimed by somebody. Which team will be the one, though? It's not a first-come, first-serve type thing. The New Jersey Devils, as the worst team in the league, have first priority to make a claim, and according to the Newark Star-Ledger, the Devils may put in a claim to help out the Wings.

The Devils may claim goaltender Evgeni Nabokov on waivers and then put him back on waivers Friday so that he can sign with the Detroit Red Wings.

Wouldn't it seem easier for the Devils to simply trade him to the Wings after making their claim? Yes, probably, but that's against the rules. According to Section 13.20 (b) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, a player cannot be traded for the remainder of the season once he's been claimed off waivers by a club. 

If the Devils claim Nabokov and then waive him, though, other teams will hold priority over the Wings, so it doesn't seem so simple that the Wings will get him at all. 

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