New York Islanders

Evgeni Nabokov Settling in on the Island, Happy to Be an Islander

SAN JOSE, CA - MAY 16:  Goaltender Evgeni Nabokovof #20 the San Jose Sharks looks to make a save while taking on the Chicago Blackhawks in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at HP Pavilion on May 16, 2010 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst ISeptember 22, 2011

Evgeni Nabokov has reported to training camp, and is so far enjoying himself. According to Rotoworld, Evgeni Nabokov was reported to be in a jovial mood at training camp, sharing the net with Kevin Poulin.

"You can't go anywhere without a competition," claimed Nabokov. "Training camp is always the key to the season and hopefully we'll get going."

Despite all the drama surrounding the situation last season, Nabokov has reported it as a huge misunderstanding. Last season, Nabokov was claimed off waivers by the Islanders, who snatched him from the Red Wings. Nabokov apparently refused to report, but not for the reason people thought.

Once again from Rotoworld, Nabokov reported, "What made me make that decision is that I hadn’t skated for a month-and-a-half when they claimed me. They were out of the playoffs, but battling to get in and, as a goalie, I know the goalie position is important when fighting for position [in the standings], I didn’t feel that I could help them to get to the playoffs. I needed three to four weeks to get ready and the season would’ve been over."

But Nabby is happy to be an Islander, and is looking forward to making the roster and helping them out this season between the pipes.

He even has his new mask all ready, and it looks very cool. It represents the mask he wore with the San Jose Sharks, but with an Islander twist.

When asked about his mask, according to The NHL Arena, Nabby replied, "My mask doesn't really have a story. Twelve years ago, the guy (who was painting my mask) asked me what I wanted and I said I didn't know," Nabokov said. "I told him I wanted something cool, something different, and he came up with the style. Initially, the monster was ripping the fish head and blood was dripping with Sharks coming up from the bottom. I liked the idea, so I kind of stayed with that and changed it up a bit when I got here."

Nabokov is ready to go for the Islanders, and is looking to mend the relationships between his teammates and the fans. He's already getting along with his teammates in the locker room, and he'll hopefully be able to please the fans with a strong season.

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