While trade rumors continue to swirl around him, Evgeni Nabokov is giving plenty of reasons for the New York Islanders to keep him.
The veteran goaltender could get the chance to continue his stellar play Thursday night when the surging Islanders host a Montreal Canadiens team seeking a third consecutive win.
The Islanders (22-22-8) initially had trouble getting Nabokov to play for them after acquiring him off waivers in January 2011, but he currently seems content while providing some much-needed stability following Rick DiPietro's injury.
"It's a really good area, a really good organization," Nabokov said. "I like playing with the guys I'm with. I'm just as happy as I can be."
Nabokov is 6-1-0 with a 1.11 goals-against average over his last seven starts and posted his second shutout of the campaign Tuesday, making a season-high 45 saves in a 1-0 shootout win in Philadelphia.
His stellar play has come while his name has been linked to various reports with the Feb. 27 trade dea...