What are the goaltending trade options for the Maple Leafs? Does Evgeni Nabokov want to leave the Islanders? Are the Blue Jackets going to trade Fedor Tyutin? Read on for the latest!
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle recently examined the Toronto Maple Leafs shaky goaltending situation, noting possible “fill-in” solutions aren’t “worldbeaters”, listing Evgeni Nabokov of the NY Islanders, Scott Clemmensen of the Florida Panthers, Michael Leighton of the Philadelphia Flyers, and UFA Marty Turco.
TORONTO SUN’s Mike Zeisberger also recently weighed in, noting Nabokov and Turco as two suggested names for the Leafs making the rounds on Twitter.
NEW YORK TIMES’ Chris Botta claimed Nabokov is “dying to leave” the Islanders, making no secret about it, as his family is still living in California, while the Islanders are “dying” to get down to two goaltenders.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie tweeted there were “no truth” to the erroneous claim of Evgeni Nabokov being dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenseman Fedor Tyutin, adding he was told Tyutin is not being dealt.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Things got a little wild and woolly last night because of that erroneous “Nabokov for Tyutin” tweet, coming shortly after it was reported the Jackets had shipped defenseman Kris Russell to the St. Louis Blues for Nikita Nikitin. The way things look for now: Nabokov wants off the Island, the Islanders are apparently shopping him, it remains to be seen if the Leafs will be among the takers or if they’ll look elsewhere, and the Blue Jackets continuing struggles between the pipes will keep them among the potential destinations for Nabokov. I get the feeling things might come to a head for Nabokov soon.