Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/19/11 at 03:13 PM ET
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Do the Islanders want to allow Nabokov to wear their crest – even for one exhibition game – after he embarrassed the franchise and himself last season? Do they want to carry three goalies on one-way contracts? It isn’t their first choice, to be sure. In a perfect world for the Islanders, GM Garth Snow is able to move him next month for a third round pick or as a sweetener to move up in the draft. Or perhaps he could make a similar deal to his trade of Roloson to Tampa Bay. The Lightning didn’t think twice about sacrificing defense prospect Ty Wishart, a decent player but a small price to pay for the revenue created by a lot of home playoff games and the chance to compete for the Stanley Cup.
Snow will also want to ask himself if he can stomach trading two first-rate goaltenders to contenders in the same calendar year without getting a difference-maker in return. He has a strong working relationship with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren. But unless Snow can pry a legit second-pair defenseman or regular-shift forward, why would the Islanders hand over Nabokov to a division rival, a contender that has beaten them regularly for four straight years? The Islanders have no motivation to do anyone any favors where it concerns Nabokov
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