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by George Malik on 04/24/11 at 01:49 AM ET
As mentioned in the comments of Paul’s post about the New York Islanders tolling Evgeni Nabokov’s contract to next season on Friday, I happened to mention that the Russian Hockey Federation has spent almost three weeks attempting to negotiate with the Islanders, the NHL and, according to Sport-Express’s Andrei Kuznetsov, deputy commissioner Bill Daly, to secure Nabokov’s release to play for Russia in the World Championships.
As such, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun (who appeared on a Coyotes-centric Satellite Hotstove on the CBC on Saturday evening) reports, via his “Weekend Wrap,” that the Islanders and Nabokov have agreed to a compromise plan:
Not only are the New York Islanders going to “toll” Evgeni Nabokov’s contract, meaning he’ll owe the club that one-year, $570,000 contract next season after not reporting in January when the Isles claimed him off waivers, but it turns out the netminder and his agent are fully on board with it.
Veteran agent Don Meehan of Newport Sports told ESPN.com he has informed Isles GM Garth Snow his client is fine with the contract being tolled. In return, Snow will allow Nabokov, who was suspended by the Islanders for not reporting, to play for Russia in the World Championships.
The idea is that both Nabokov and the Islanders would benefit from the veteran goalie putting on a solid performance in Slovakia. His stock may rise, as the Islanders will likely put him on the trade block this summer.
Continued with talk about Brad Richards, the Kings’ goaltending situation and Kyle Wellwood.
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