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Nabokov: "If you have nothing to prove then you take a vacation" | September

New Islander Evgeni Nabokov is finding himself enjoying his new home. The 36-year-old Russian goaltender is finding the young group of players in the locker room and the surrounding Long Island area to his liking.

“It’s so much fun,” Nabokov said about his new team. “Young legs on the ice just flying all over. (They’re) just a great group of guys.”

He’s also been able to check out the surrounding area around Long Island. “I go for dinners around the Manhasset area over there and around Roosevelt field mall,” Nabokov revealed after media day.

Most of the attention surrounding Nabokov has been about where the Isles will put him the goalie rotation. The Islanders have two other quality starters in Rick Dipietro and Al Montoya. Along with rookie net minders Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, and Mikko Koskinen.

Nabokov is aware of the crowded net, but is only focused on what he needs to do.

“To be honest with you I don’t pay attention too much,” Nabokov said. “I just control what I can control which is stopping the puck and after that it’s all up to management. To me it’s just business as usual.”

He was later asked if he felt he had anything to prove Nabokov gave a very firm answer.

“Isn’t it always like that, you have something to prove,” he responded. “If you have nothing to prove then you take a vacation and have fun with that. You have to prove your self every single night, every single period.”

He would reiterate that statement as the scrum went on.

“I cannot be surprised about anything in the NHL. I can only control what I can control, which is stop the puck and try and try and go out and practice hard.”