Staying with Nabokov, a question arose concerning his presence at camp and how he would be receipted.
Nabokov said he was a little concerned about how he was going to be how he would be welcomed after what transpired last season.
“Probably not everyone knows exactly the story,” Nabokov said. “They just hear about what’s going on from the papers and stuff, but I think I made myself clear about my reason why I didn’t come and its bee great so far.”
Also interesting to note is that Nabokov flew to New York in April, after the World Championships, to meet and have dinner with GM Garth Snow.no comments
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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.”no comments
There has been a lot of talk about the Islander goaltending situation heading into training camp. The team currently employs six goaltenders; Rick Dipietro, Al Montoya, Evgeni Nabokov, Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson, and Mikko Koskinen.
On Saturday isles head coach Jack Capuano commented on what has been dubbed by some the “goalie shuffle.”
“I think the depth is great,” Capuano said. “I get a lot of questions about the goaltending, but for me its competition and you cant have anything better than that. That’s the way it should be and not just in goaltending. The guys that perform and play to the level they need to be, they’ll be in our line up to try and help us win hockey games.”no comments
Nabokov skated with the New York Islanders for the first time today at Islanders Ice works.
The 36-year-old Russian goaltender looked sharp in his first on ice work out as a member of the New York Islanders. While the coaches ran a very skating intensive session today, they did do several shooting drills in which Nabokov seemed to prove he was ready to compete for the starting job.
However, Nabokov is not fully sure where he stands as far as his preparedness.
“That’s the only thing,” Nabokov started off saying. “It’s easy to get in practice shape, I call it, but it may take a little bit to get in game shape, which is you have to fill the gaps, you have to adjust to the angel shots and stuff like that. That may take some time, maybe not, I don’t know, but you definitely work on that and see how long it takes.”
Nabokov added that nothing was bothering him and the he felt “pretty good” after his on ice session.
He seems to be celebrity gossip finding his new team to his likening as well.
“Well it’s unbelievable,” he said when asked about the atmosphere. “It’s such a young group. I think it’s the first time I’ve been around so many young players, so many young talented kids and it’s a great atmosphere.”no comments