Evgeni Nabokov’s future with the New York Islanders will surprisingly be extended into next season, but there’s a chance fans might not see much more of him this season. Katie Strang reports that Nabokov left Tuesday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins and did not return.
The Islanders went on to win, hurting the Penguins while simultaneously helping the New York Rangers in the process.
They also damaged their chances in the draft lottery, as well, as this win keeps them just outside the bottom five in the NHL at 75 points with six games left.
There’s no word on the severity of Nabokov’s injury, but at this point, they might be better off just letting him rest. He already got his contract extension while, at this point, New York might benefit from trotting out tomato cans so they can continue slipping lower down the ranks and improve their draft lottery odds in the process.
Ultimately, there’s only one two parties that really could benefit from Nabokov coming back: head coach Jack Capuano (to an extent) and fantasy hockey owners (to a much larger degree).