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 Thursday, he first has to clear waivers Saturday at noon.
Should the Islanders put in a claim on Nabokov, they could snatch him from the Red Wings.
A similar situation has happened twice already this season, both times to St. Louis. The Blues signed both 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 neither of the teams beneath the Islanders in the standings -- Edmonton and New Jersey -- put in a claim, since first dibs go to the team lowest in the standings.*
The Islanders currently have three goaltenders on their 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 tonight's 2-1 loss to Washington, although he will likely be available for Sunday's matinee against the Sabres.
Nabokov was released in December by SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Kontintal Hockey League during the first year of a four-year contract with the team. Before heading to Russia, Nabokov amassed 293 wins over a decade spent with the San Jose Sharks.
*Stick tap to team statistician Eric Hornick for helping me with the nuances of the CBA on this one. I originally wrote that waiver dibs are based on standings from the previous year, but pursuant to 13.19 of CBA, the priority is given based on this year's standings after November 1.
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