Evgeni Nabokov Claimed Off Waivers By New York Islanders, Reportedly Not Happy

His bid to return to the National Hockey League has been nothing but complex: Evgeni Nabokov was signed by the Detroit Red Wings yesterday, claimed by the New York Islanders off waivers today, and now he’s refusing to suit up for New York, T…

His bid to return to the National Hockey League has been nothing but complex: Evgeni Nabokov was signed by the Detroit Red Wings yesterday, claimed by the New York Islanders off waivers today, and now he’s refusing to suit up for New York, TSN reports.

Nabokov was released in December by the KHL’s St. Petersburg after a mediocre 8-8-5 record and .888 save percentage. He had hoped to make the move from Russia to Stanley Cup contender Detroit and embark on an NHL playoff run.

NHL rules state that any player coming to the NHL from another professional league must clear waivers before he is signed. Nabokov did not pass through waivers, as the NHL’s third-worst team the New York Islanders snagged him up today.

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