Various sources report the NY Islanders have re-signed goaltender Evgeni Nabokov to a one-year, $2.75 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, we can’t say we didn’t see this coming. A year ago, Nabokov was refusing to join the Islanders after this claimed him off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, but after a full season playing on the Island, he’s bought into the club’s perception they’re very close to playoff contention, and he wants to be part of it. The deal also lacks any form of movement clause, but if he plays as well for the Isles next season as he did this year, they’ll have little reason to move him, unless of course they miss the playoffs again. Still, it’s a good, affordable move by the Isles to retain a goalie who wants to be there. As for what this does for Rick DiPietro for next season, let’s just assume he’ll back up Nabokov next season, provided he stays healthy, but if there’s an amnesty buyout period at the start of the next CBA, you’ve gotta believe the Isles will jump on it to buy out DiPietro.