I was just wondering what the overall opinion was on how Nabokov does this year. Evgeni seems committed to an NHL job this year playing pre-season games with the Islanders.
I've been watching the Flames/Islanders game and he seems okay when in net, but has been roaming way too much and has created scoring chances for the opposition when handling the puck (I've counted 3-4 in half a game, luckily none have gone in).
Where do you think he ends up this year?
I personally think he will be traded (once DiPietro proves he is healthy, I know thats quite a reach) and be given the chance to be the starter somewhere else. From what I've seen this pre-season he has more to prove to scouts to make that trade possible.
nhlnumbers dot com has him on close to minimum salary (I'm assuming Ken Holland organised this before Snow hungry hippoed him into fantasy hockey obscurity). If he does have a NMC I can definitely see a contender picking him up for goalie insurance down the stretch.
From a fantasy perspective, I would rather he get more starts on the island than go backup on a better team