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03-26-2012, 11:50 AM
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E, you are missing a big difference. Rolo had strong #'s going from NYI to TB, then led TB deep into the playoffs. He had leverage to get $3 mil per season.

Nabby doesn't have that leverage. Theo got 1yr @ $1.5, Smith got 2yrs @ $2mil, Vokoun got 1yr @ $1.5, JSG got $1.25, etc. All guys with good track records with no leverage that got LESS in UFA than Nabby gets in season. He and his agent realized this, hence why they signed on @ 2.5.
So what you're saying is, is that the Isles overpaying a player to play for them actually worked for once!

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So what you're saying is, is that the Isles overpaying a player to play for them actually worked for once!
Yes...but on a short term basis.

Something to think about. Nabby is 1yr @ $2.5mil. No NTC or NMC. To date no info has been released about any bonus tied to this deal. He's an over 35er entitled to one.

Bonuses are fixed cap costs, unlike salary as it burns off deeper into the season. If NYI gave Nabby any bonus to get some cap cushion, then it hurts Nabby's chances of being moved at or near the deadline as a team must account for the entire cap hit.

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Considering the amount of competition that should head to free agency (and within our own organization), Nabby signed to a fair deal.

I think the deal is right at that sweet spot. If he wanted much more, then he'd have to risk free agency with a lot of competition. If he was offered much less, then there would have been no reason for him to sign early.

On top of this, I truly believe that he has enjoyed his time here. How he spoke in interviews of the team and the amount of competition in the upcoming goalie market were what led me to believe that there was a good chance he would re-sign. (I also took him at his word with what he said in the last season holdout; I didn't think he was spurning the Islanders simply because they're the Islanders.)

This signing was also a good fit for the Islanders heading into next season. It would have been an unneeded risk to head into free agency with only our prospects and DiPietro under our control. (Even with the large market for goalies, you don't want to lose the musical chairs game at this position.)

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E, you are missing a big difference. Rolo had strong #'s going from NYI to TB, then led TB deep into the playoffs. He had leverage to get $3 mil per season.

Nabby doesn't have that leverage. Theo got 1yr @ $1.5, Smith got 2yrs @ $2mil, Vokoun got 1yr @ $1.5, JSG got $1.25, etc. All guys with good track records with no leverage that got LESS in UFA than Nabby gets in season. He and his agent realized this, hence why they signed on @ 2.5.
Ok, I see your point.

Im still happy with the deal. Its gonna be nice to start next season knowing we have our #1 regardless of whatever DP tries to pull during the summer with a pending comeback for next season. Just hoping well be ready for the following year with one of the kids ready to make the transition to a #1 after Nabby is gone.

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E, you are missing a big difference. Rolo had strong #'s going from NYI to TB, then led TB deep into the playoffs. He had leverage to get $3 mil per season.

Nabby doesn't have that leverage. Theo got 1yr @ $1.5, Smith got 2yrs @ $2mil, Vokoun got 1yr @ $1.5, JSG got $1.25, etc. All guys with good track records with no leverage that got LESS in UFA than Nabby gets in season. He and his agent realized this, hence why they signed on @ 2.5.
It would have been a gamble to hit UFA for sure, but the situation is a bit different this year...

First, the players you mentioned, other than Vokoun, were backups two of them with poor numbers. Theo played 32 games the year before, Smith played 22 games (.899 s%), JSG played 33 games (.900 s%). Nabokov, at the time he signed, was at pace to play about 48 games and put up solid numbers. He had much better leverage than any of those players other than Vokoun, who probably took less to play for (what he thought was) a contender.

Second, last year there were no buyers, especially with money to spend. Colorado and Philly were the only teams desperate to bring in someone new. This year, Toronto, TB, Columbus are all but guaranteed to look outside for a goalie, and are all most likely willing to spend. I could also see Edmonton looking for a goalie, Washington will if they don't re-sign Vokoun, Chicago is a possibility as well.

Nabokov could have made more as a UFA, or he could have gotten Vokouned. He liked it here and didn't want to take the risk, but I don't think you can say the team overpaid either.

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