UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Evgeni Nabokov is staying away from the New York Islanders. The only question is whether that decision is permanent.
Either way, general manager Garth Snow isn’t saying if he has been given that answer.
Nabokov failed to report to the Islanders on Sunday, one day after he was claimed by New York off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings, who hoped to add the veteran goalie to their roster for the playoff drive.
The Islanders nabbed him to provide insurance to oft-injured goalie Rick DiPietro and young backups Nathan Lawson — who is out with a knee injury — and 20-year-old Kevin Poulin. The Islanders are far out of playoff contention, a likely reason why Nabokov would rather stay in California than join the struggling club.
Snow and Islanders owner Charles Wang said they both left messages for the 35-year-old Nabokov, but declined to comment Sunday on whether any were returned.