Nabokov 'thrilled' to re-sign with Isles

Islanders top goalie excited to return next season, push for playoffs

Wednesday, 03.21.2012 / 8:24 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Nabokov \'thrilled\' to re-sign with Isles
With a young, homegrown core already committed to Long Island for the foreseeable future, the Islanders added another vital piece Wednesday, locking up goaltender Evgeni Nabokov for the 2012-13 season.

The Islanders anchor in goal this season, Nabokov currently leads the team in wins (17), goals against average (2.56) and save percentage (.912). The 36-year-old signed his new contract as number 22 on the NHL’s all-time wins list and cited the young core’s commitment to the team as a driving factor behind his deal.
I am thrilled to continue what we started. Obviously the goal is to make the playoffs...I’m happy to be a part of it. I want to be a part of it. - Evgeni Nabokov

“I am happy to stay with this group of young guys,” Nabokov said. “With guys like Johnny, Moulson, Streit, Grabs… the list can go on. It’s a great group of guys and I like what I see.”

Islanders General Manager Garth Snow, who claimed Nabokov off waivers on Jan. 22, 2011, was pleased to have this year’s number one goalie return next season.

“Evgeni has proven that he can still play at an elite level,” he said in an official statement. “He’s given us a chance to win every night and we’re excited to have him back for another year.”

While the Islanders have shown a propensity for signing their homegrown talent to extensions, inking an all-star veteran further establishes the change of culture on the Island. Judging by what Nabokov has seen this season, he said it is his goal to help the Islanders make the playoffs next spring.

“I am thrilled to continue what we started,” he said. “Obviously the goal is to make the playoffs. I think this year it will be tough to accomplish that, but next year we’ll start from scratch. I’m happy to be a part of it. I want to be a part of it.”
Nabokov poke-checks the Flyers Wayne Simmonds for the victory in the shootout in Philadelphia on Feb. 7, 2012.

Nabokov gives the Islanders more than a chance to win every night. The winner of over 300 games has a knack for stealing victories, like he did with a 45-save, 1-0 shutout of the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 7. At his peak performance this season, Nabokov was virtually unbeatable, posting six wins and two shutouts in seven games in mid-January and keeping his save percentage above .914.

Even with heavy media speculation surrounding his future with the team during February’s trade deadline, Nabokov remained confident that he would wear blue and orange next season.

“I was hoping that sooner or later, it would work out the way it should work out,” he said.

A family man, he cited the community on Long Island as further incentive to sign the deal.

“All you want to have is a great school for the kids and a great environment,” Nabokov said. “We were able to find that here. The family was happy and that’s all I need.”

Personally and professionally, Nabokov is happy. As for the Islanders, they’re thrilled to have another player to commit to Long Island.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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