It seems the New York Islanders have made what I believe is the right decision by suspending Evgeni Nabokov. The Islanders announced on their website Tuesday afternoon that they are suspending him for “not reporting after being claimed off of waivers on Jan. 22.”
This is obviously the right move because the Islanders only other option was to attempt to trade him, and because he would have gone through waivers again multiple times there is pretty much no chance the Islanders would have been able to actually get something in return for him.
By suspending Nabokov the Islanders have made the smart move. Now they are keeping a top goaltender out of competitions hands, and also may be able to receive some sort of compensation for him not showing.
Who knows maybe he will show up now that he knows the Islanders are serious about keeping him on Long Island.
Katie Strang reported that the NHL Players Association is looking into the matter, but it seems that the Islanders have not done anything wrong here.
The general managers plan to go over the rule that forces players like Nabokov to clear waivers before signing with a team, in this case the Detroit Red Wings.