Islanders, Nabokov expected to begin contract talks soon

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Does Evgeni Nabokov enjoy playing for the New York Islanders or is he simply fulfilling his contractual duties because the Islanders snatched him from the team he signed with, the Detroit Red Wings? We might find out the answer to that question soon enough.

According to Arthur Staple of Newsday, the Islanders and Nabokov’s agent, Don Meehan, will probably engage in contract talks in the near future. It’s possible that the Islanders are simply gauging his level of interest in an extension and getting a feel for what it would cost them before deciding if they should explore other options. However, it’s worth noting that Islanders GM Garth Snow has publicly stated that he doesn’t plan on trading Nabokov.

Al Montoya’s contract is also set to expire at the end of the season and they shouldn’t be expected to sign both of them – even though they might very well need three NHL-ready goaltenders under contract if Rick DiPietro is one of them.