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Earlier today, Arthur Staple of Newsday tweeted that Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov likely will test the free agent market when Free agency begins July 5th.
#Isles have no decision on buyouts (i.e., DiPietro) as of now. As for Nabokov, source says he is "probably" headed to FA next week.— Arthur Staple (@StapeNewsday) June 26, 2013
Staple went on to say that Nabokov and the Isles could not find middle ground on a contract extension. Staple also tweeted that neither side has closed the door on a contract being worked out eventually. Unless something unforseen happens at this point though, Nabokov will hit the open market to see what his value is as a free agent on July 5th.
I'm not completely surprised by this, and I still think Nabokov is back with the Isles next season. There are not a tremendous amount of teams in need of goaltending, and I do not think the teams that are desperate will be lining up to sign Nabby.
I'd look for the Isles to re-sign Nabby at some point, along with Ray Emery or Anton Khudobin to be the Isles goaltending tandem going into next season.
We'll have to wait and see how this plays out during free agency.
I'll have more on this in a free agency primer after the draft passes.
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