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Source: Islanders discussing Nabokov

According to a source, the Islanders have internally discussed putting in a waiver claim on Russian goaltender Evgeni Nabokov.

Although the 35-year-old finalized a deal with Detroit late last night, he first has to clear waivers at noon tomorrow.

Should the Islanders put in a claim on Nabokov, they could snatch him from the Red Wings.

A similar situation already has occurred twice this season, both times to St. Louis. The Blues signed Kyle Wellwood and Marek Svatos as free agents, only to have them plucked off waivers by San Jose and Nashville, respectively.

That is assuming, however, that none of the teams that finished behind the Islanders in the standings last season - Edmonton, Toronto, Florida, Columbus - puts in a claim, as first dibs goes to the team that finished the lowest the previous season.

The Islanders have three goaltenders on the active roster - Rick DiPietro and rookies Kevin Poulin and Nathan Lawson - although there has been little to no consistency at the position since the departure of Dwayne Roloson, who was traded to Tampa Bay earlier this month.

DiPietro, who has missed significant chunks of time throughout this season, recently missed five games with a groin strain. The oft-injured 29-year-old had to receive fluids intravenously to treat flu-like symptoms after playing in the 2-1 loss to Washington, although he likely will be available for Sunday's matinee against the Sabres.

Nabokov was released in December by SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL during the first year of a four-year contract with the team. Before heading to Russia, Nabokov amassed 293 wins for the San Jose Sharks.

Moulson not affected

Less than a week after expressing his desire to remain with the Islanders, Matt Moulson found himself at the center of a juicy trade rumor that hit the Internet earlier this week. The 27-year-old winger knows that remains a possibility, but he insists he isn't distracted by the speculation.

"I haven't really worried myself with rumors like that or anything,'' Moulson told Newsday yesterday morning. "Personally, I've never been a part of them before, so it's kind of funny. That's professional sports; you're going to hear stuff like that."

Moulson, whom the Islanders inked to a one-year, $2.45-million contract last summer, was rumored to be on the move to Boston Monday night. After a breakout 30-goal season last year, Moulson has 14 goals and 12 assists in 44 games.

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