PHOENIX -- Evgeni Nabokov is inching closer to 300 career wins, a mark only 25 goaltenders have reached.
When discussing the milestone -- he entered last night's game against the Coyotes with 298 wins -- Nabokov is a little reticent.
"I don't want to say it makes me feel old," he said. "Let's just say I've been around a long time."
Nabokov hasn't been around the Islanders a long time, but it's coming up on the one-year anniversary of a moment Nabokov doesn't care much to look back upon.
After escaping a four-year, $24 million contract with SKA St. Petersburg just three months into the deal in December of 2010, Nabokov signed a one-year, pro-rated deal with the Wings for the veteran minimum of $570,000 on Jan. 20.
I am really happy with Nabby. He has been really professional this year, unlike last year. Hope we get something decent back for him. Too bad we can't keep him around for a year or two.
He's been okay at best, but nothing about him makes me want him to play over Montoya. Hell, I think the best goalie we honestly have is Poulin but we're actually developing him properly right now so this is what we're left with.