Nabokov to Detroit?
Posted January 20, 2011 - 12:29 PM
No official announcement has been made by the team but Renaud Lavoie of RDS tweeted that the deal has been finalized and Nabokov is on waivers.
Having started the season in Russia, Nabokov would have to clear waivers before he could join the Red Wings, meaning every team in the NHL would have a shot at claiming him.
If he does sign with the Red Wings and is claimed by another team, Detroit would not be on the hook for any of his salary. This situation has occurred twice this season, when the St. Louis Blues first signed Marek Svatos, then Kyle Wellwood, only to have them claimed by the Nashville Predators and San Jose Sharks, respectively.
The Red Wings have very little cap space but do have some flexibility to make a move due to the injuries they've suffered this season. Chris Osgood's cap space could be allotted to cover Nabokov's contract until Osgood returns.
Posted January 21, 2011 - 11:33 AM
Posted January 21, 2011 - 12:13 PM
The rumor now is that New Jersey (who has first waiver priority) will claim Nabokov and then deal him back to Detroit. In the meantime, Joey MacDonald has been sent back down to GR and Jordan Pearce has been called up to back up Jimmy Howard against Chicago tomorrow.
Posted January 21, 2011 - 03:32 PM
Posted January 21, 2011 - 09:23 PM
Posted January 21, 2011 - 10:30 PM
Posted January 22, 2011 - 07:53 AM
Posted January 22, 2011 - 09:42 AM
Posted January 22, 2011 - 11:18 AM
The only way he ends up in Detroit is if his agent has been secretly telling every other team "Look, he wants to play in Detroit, if you claim him he won't report." And I don't think that's happening.
And since you could see that coming a mile away, why did Ken Holland take the time? "Worth a shot" isn't how he usually operates.
Posted January 22, 2011 - 12:06 PM
Nabokov was signed by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year deal on Thursday. Because he started the season in Russia, he had to be placed on waivers on Friday before he could join the Red Wings.
The Islanders already have three goalies on the roster. Rick DiPietro is currently ill and Nathan Lawson left Friday night's game with a knee injury. Kevin Poulin finished in net.
Nabokov was not expected to clear waivers, as his $570,000 salary and lack of performance-based bonuses was not enough to prevent other NHL teams from being interested in him.
With Nabokov lost, the Red Wings will likely call Joey MacDonald back to Detroit to back up Jimmy Howard. Jordan Pearce will back up Howard in Saturday's matchup with the Chicago Blackhawks. Chris Osgood is expected to return from sports hernia surgery in mid-March.
Posted January 22, 2011 - 12:58 PM
Posted January 22, 2011 - 02:46 PM
Posted January 22, 2011 - 04:30 PM
Posted January 24, 2011 - 09:41 PM
I guess the gist of what I'm asking is is this only around to make it "fair" for the other teams? Because it doesn't seem fair in this case and I'd like to know more about it.
Posted January 24, 2011 - 09:52 PM
Posted January 24, 2011 - 10:18 PM
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