It seems that since the day the New York Islanders claimed Evgeni Nabokov off of waivers the plan was to trade him at the trade deadline to a contending team. There was some hope that he could get the Islanders to a playoff birth, such as he did two years ago for the San Jose Sharks.
After a slow start out of the gate though, that seems unlikely.
As evidenced by Blake Comeau, you cannot force teams to trade for a player and the same will be said about Evgeni Nabokov. After Nabokov's slow start though, it may actually make more sense to trade Al Montoya.
Montoya has been great since the day he slipped on an Islander sweater, but one can only wonder if he is the long-term solution in the crease for the Islanders.