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.
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