“Wow, what’s the point?” posted by Jeff Ponder
The point is getting pretty clear right about now.
The New York Islanders turned some heads in late-January when they claimed former NHL all-star Evgeni Nabokov off waivers. That is not what the media is talking about though; after all, NHL followers are used to players getting claimed off waivers after playing in Europe, getting a contract from an NHL team then having to go through the NHL’s questionable waiver process. Just ask the St. Louis Blues.
Nabokov was obviously upset over the Islanders’ decision to claim him, hanging up on Islanders’ GM Garth Snow when he called him for the first time (Nabokov claims he thought he was a member of the media). He refused to report to practice, staying in his home in California. After hanging up on Snow, Nabokov found a media member at ESPN.com that he trusted to tell his side of the story.
"I think I'm going to stay home for now, I'm sticking with my decision," Nabokov said a few weeks back. "It's nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It's nothing to do with that. It's just that I'm at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don't see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.
"I was surprised they picked me up. I was like, 'Wow, what's the point?’”
Currently 15 points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders are looking at another post-season that they will watch from home. It is true that Nabokov would be playing on a non-Cup contender, but the Islanders brought him in for other reasons.
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