His cheap salary of $570,000 is gold to many teams looking for a competent veteran presence in the crease come playoff time, and of course, some teams wouldn't mind the insurance policy, in case their No. 1 goes down to injury.
The trade deadline is fast approaching and for Nabokov, this is the final year of his contract, which means he hits the open market and despite being only eight points out of the playoffs, the consensus on Long Island is that they are in the midst of a rebuild.
Getting rid of Nabokov for an immediate asset or a prospect for the future could be in the best interest of the Islander organization.
There are also out there that do have hopes of the playoffs but even then, the goaltending situation has been a virus for this team since Rick DiPietro signed that now infamous 15-year contract in 2006.
The team needs to be better than they are now. They have a goals for/against ratio of (-33), good for 29th place in the NHL (Columbus has -53) and they need more scoring.
Either way, if Nabokov does get traded, here are five possible destinations.