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The New York Islanders appear to be moving on from Evgeni Nabokov after trading for and eventually locking up 29-year-old goaltender Jaroslav Halak with a four-year, $18 million contract.
That means the 38-year-old veteran netminder will be looking for a new home, and Philadelphia could be a good fit.
The Flyers have their No. 1 netminder in Steve Mason.
After Giroux, the 26-year-old backstop was Philly's most valuable player with a 33-win season that featured four shutouts, a 2.50 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage. What's more, Mason's herculean efforts in the postseason were nearly good enough to push the Flyers past the Stanley Cup Finals-bound Rangers, as he recorded a 1.97 goals-against average and .939 save percentage.
But the former Calder Trophy winner can't play all 82 games next season, while his backup this season, Ray Emery, is headed to free agency.
Nabokov has been a stalwart in NHL creases for the last decade-and-a-half. He's managed at least 40 appearances and 15 victories in each of his last eight seasons.
Most recently, the 13-year NHL veteran managed a 15-14-8 regular-season mark with the Islanders last season with a 2.74 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. In fact, Nabokov has only ever finished an NHL season with a goals-against average below 3.00 and a save percentage below .900 once in his illustrious career.
Set to turn 39 later this summer, Nabokov's days of being a No. 1 netminder appear behind him, but he would be an awfully reliable secondary option for the Orange and Black. It's unlikely he'll be able to command the $3.25 million he earned this past season, but he could be lured to the City of Brotherly Love on a one-year, $2 million pact with the hope of enjoying postseason hockey for just the second time in the last five years.