Players react to Nabokov signing

Back to business as usual at practice today, and the players were happy about Nabby

Thursday, 03.22.2012 / 6:02 PM ET / News
By Cory Wright
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Players react to Nabokov signing
After a day off on Wednesday, the Islanders returned to the grind and hit the ice at Iceworks for practice. Evgeni Nabokov was busy in his day off, however, signing a one-year extension with the Isles. His teammates were happy about the news.

“I was very excited when I saw that yesterday,” Frans Nielsen, who recently inked a four-year deal, said. “Everybody in here is pumped that he is back next year. He’s one of the best goalies in the league.”

Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year contract extension on Wednesday.
Nabokov is 17-18-3 this season and 11-7-3 in his last 21 games. What can’t be conveyed in his stats are the games and points he’s stolen for the Islanders, especially with a depleted blueline in early February.

“He’s had a great year and bailed us out of a lot of games,” Mark Streit said after practice Thursday. “I’m really relieved that he’s staying.”

The Islanders are getting a goaltender with 300-plus wins and a player a leader and a quality teammate with a veteran presence.

“Some goalies are a little bit quieter or a little different,” Streit said. “He’s a great locker room guy. He’s been to the playoffs, so he knows how to get there, how to win and that’s priceless.”

Nabokov has 80 playoff games under his belt, with 40 wins and two conference finals appearances, 2004 and 2010. He represented Russia at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympic Games and was named the best goalkeeper at the 2008 IIHF World Championships, where he led Russia to gold.

With Nielsen, John Tavares and other young players signing extensions in the last year, they see it as a vote of confidence in the team and the trajectory in which they believe they are heading.

“It’s great to see a guy like him want to stay here,” Nielsen said. “He really knows what it takes to be a top team and if he didn’t believe that we could be that, I don’t think he would be here.”

He really knows what it takes to be a top team and if he didn’t believe that we could be that, I don’t think he would be here.” - Frans Nielsen
The signing also reflects the change of culture on Long Island. After admittedly having trouble attracting players, Nabokov’s extension embodies a positive change and goes a long way to reversing that reputation.

“It means once you get here, you love to play here,” Tavares said. “And you want to be a part of turning things around back to where we want to be. I’m glad he was able to see that and want to be a part of it for another year.”

Looking out from his crease, Nabokov likes what he sees. Looking back at their goal, the Islanders like what they see, too.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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