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Options For The Islanders

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now that Evgeni Nabokov has decided to not report to the New York Islanders, what happens next?

Well, for starters, the Islanders are within their rights to suspend Nabokov. That means Nabokov doesn’t get paid and has no other options in terms of playing elsewhere. He just sits.

That scenario could simply carry on for the balance of the season. End of story.

Or maybe not. The Islanders could appeal to the NHL to “toll” the contract, which essentially means push it to next year. In that case, Nabokov would then “owe” the Islanders a year and Nabokov would not necessarily become a free agent on July 1.

The Islanders do have other options if they so choose.


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The only reason Snow snagged him was so he could trade him.  I firmly believe that he’ll suit up, show he’s capable for a few games and then get punted.  Nabby’s a moron for this move.  He thinks he’ll get waived.  No way.  He’ll be suspended and then get traded to a very desperate team.  Had he accepted and proved his worth, he would have gotten traded to a real contender - Chicago for example….

Now he’s just stained his “signability” for next year.  Idiot.

Posted by Unicorn Force from DC (but like everyone here, I'm not a local) on 01/23/11 at 01:24 AM ET

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Unicorn Force

You dont seem aware that anyone claimed on waivers the way Nabokov was must clear waivers to be traded in the same season.  The idea was to prevent a team from claiming him to trade him - just like you suggest.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 01/23/11 at 01:44 AM ET

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Garth Snow and the Islanders paying players who don’t actually play for team is really nothing new. Alexi Yashin anyone?????

  Heck, $250,000 for Nabakov is really just a drop in the bucket when you realize they will be paying Dipietro $6,000,000 /yr for the next 8 to 9 seasons. So in fact,  Snow is getting better at making bad deals.  LOL

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/11 at 02:14 AM ET

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You dont seem aware that…

And, since no one responds to his nonsensical posts on his blog, the “little boy on the tricycle” decides to interject himself into someone else’s post. You really have to feel sorry for the little guy. His parents won’t allow him to leave their basement unsupervised, so he just has to spew his crap somewhere. It’s so darn sad.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 01/23/11 at 02:27 AM ET

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Grrr, I had to get out of bed to make this comment.

Keep it on topic.

One more week, that is all I ask for is one more week.  Then KK members can decide which blog they want to see, then hopefully I won’t have to deal with this any more.

Have a problem, email me, DO NOT comment in this post unless you stay on topic.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 01/23/11 at 02:48 AM ET

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I can’t see the NHL tolling the contract in this case. That’d be a bit absurd considering Nabby signed with Detroit and didn’t have an option about who claimed him. Seems like having to sit the remainder of the season is punishment enough.

Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 01/23/11 at 02:56 AM ET

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Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 01/22/11 at 11:56 PM ET

I agree, the NHL should figure that if he sits out one year for the one year contract, that he’s already lost out an entire year. Next year he can start fresh, but without the audition that he wanted with a better team.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/23/11 at 03:39 AM ET

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Maybe the league should allow players to pick and choose who they play for.

It’s called unrestricted free agency - but regardless, I was speaking of pushing a one-year commitment into a two-year commitment by shoving the contract to next year. If he signed a two-year deal, then it would be completely sensible to expect him to fulfill the second year even if he say out one year. Since it is just a one year contract, if he sits out the entire term of the contract, that should be enough to take care of it. He wouldn’t report, would be suspended, and not get paid, and in the offseason he could try signing with a team of his choice like any other UFA, without the mid-season waiver complications involved in coming from Europe.

Posted by Baroque from Michigan on 01/23/11 at 04:52 AM ET

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Maybe the league should allow players to pick and choose who they play for.

Uh, no.

Oh how quickly canuck fan forgets about Matts Sundin.  red face

Posted by Down River Dan on 01/23/11 at 05:55 PM ET

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