Originally posted on Puck Daddy  |  Last updated 10/15/11
One would expect some -- possibly all -- New York Islanders fans inside Nassau Coliseum tonight to get their Evgeni Nabokov frustrations out in the form of loud boos towards the netminder the moment he steps on to the ice before settling in and rooting for a third win in four games. After Nabokov signed a 1-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings in January, he needed to pass through waivers since he was coming over from the KHL. Since the Islanders were in a goaltending conundrum, GM Garth Snow took a chance and claimed the 36-year old. That led to Nabokov declining to show up on Long Island before being suspended indefinitely by the team. After last season, Nabokov realized that the Islanders held his future in their hands and softened his stance. The team tolled his contract to this season meaning that because he failed to report after being claimed, the team retained his rights for this season. Tonight, Nabokov gets his first NHL start since May 23, 2010 and it's either the first s...
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