One year after refusing to report to the New York Islanders, the 36-year-old Evgeni Nabokov has signed a $2.75-million, one-year deal that will keep him on the Island through next season.
“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov told reporters. “We have a great group in the locker-room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.
Nabby started his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks in 2001, and played there until 2010, when he signed in the KHL. After getting let go from his deal, he signed a one year pact with the Detroit Red Wings, but was claimed on waivers by the Islanders. After failing to report to New York at that time, and getting suspended for the rest of the season, he came to training camp this season to honour the contract and has been one of the team’s bright spots — posting a .912 save percentage, 2.56 goals-against average and a 17-18-3 record.
This signing surely has something to do with the health of Rick Dipietro, who spends more time playing NHL 12 than he does playing in the NHL. It’s almost certain that he will get injured next season, so having insurance with Nabokov and Al Montoya really helps.
You can find everything you need to know about Nabokov here.
Awards and achievements
- Calder Memorial Trophy – 2001
- NHL All-Rookie Team – 2001
- NHL First All-Star Team – 2008
- NHL All-Star Game Appearances – 2001 and 2008
- Best Goalkeeper – 2008 IIHF World Championship
- Vezina Trophy Finalist – 2008
- Set an NHL record on Feb. 11, 2010 at DET when he won his 11 consecutive road game (Nov. 21, 2009 vs. ANA – Feb. 11 2010 vs. DET)
- First Goalkeeper in NHL history to score a powerplay goal
- Became only the second goalie to record 3 consecutive 40 win seasons on Mar. 27, 2010 vs. VAN
|1999–00||San Jose Sharks||NHL||11||2||2||1||—||2645||15||1||2.17||.910|
|2000–01||San Jose Sharks||NHL||66||32||21||7||—||3700||135||6||2.19||.915|
|2001–02||San Jose Sharks||NHL||67||37||24||5||—||3901||149||7||2.29||.918|
|2002–03||San Jose Sharks||NHL||55||19||28||8||—||3227||146||3||2.71||.906|
|2003–04||San Jose Sharks||NHL||59||31||19||8||—||3455||127||9||2.21||.921|
|2005–06||San Jose Sharks||NHL||44||16||19||—||7||2515||129||1||3.10||.885|
|2006–07||San Jose Sharks||NHL||50||25||16||—||4||2777||106||7||2.29||.914|
|2007–08||San Jose Sharks||NHL||77||46||21||—||8||4560||163||6||2.14||.910|
|2008–09||San Jose Sharks||NHL||62||41||12||—||8||3686||150||7||2.44||.910|
|2009–10||San Jose Sharks||NHL||71||44||16||—||10||4194||170||3||2.43||.922|
|2010–11||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||22||8||8||5||—||1230||62||2||3.02||.888|
|2011-12 NY ISLANDERS|