New York Islanders

Evgeni Nabokov Happy to Sign One-Year Extension with the New York Islanders

NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 08:  Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders defends the goal during the second period against the New Jersey Devils on March 8, 2012 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IMarch 21, 2012

I hate to bring this up again, but remember when Evgeni Nabokov chose not to report to the New York Islanders last season? Well, that may as well be a thing in the past.

According to the Islanders Official Website, Nabokov stated, “I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season. We have a great group in the locker room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.”

It sounds very much like he wants to be here. This season, Nabokov has a 17-18-3 record to go with a .912 save percentage and a 2.56 goals-against average.

He leads the team in wins, as well as both statistical categories. His stats are pretty good for an Islander goaltender—especially when you consider the fact that the defense in front of him is young and inexperienced. Combined with the creaky veterans, there are several defensive lapses a game.

But hopefully, the defense improves in the offseason. And that means the young players developing and a change in personnel; Mark Streit, Steve Staios, and Milan Jurcina aren't cutting it.

Nabokov has spent the rest of his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks, a team that is no stranger to the postseason, so Nabby definitely has the experience to bring the team there.

He's fourth among active goalies with 310 wins, 22nd all time.

Garth Snow made the right decision. And he only made it a one-year deal, just in case. The Islanders are learning from their past mistakes.

But extending Nabby was no mistake. He will probably be a big part of the team next season.

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