Evgeni Nabokov Suspended for Not Reporting to Islanders

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This is what happens when you hang up on the general manager of your new team.

Veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov has been indefinitely suspended by the New York Islanders for failing to report to the team, according to CBS Sports.

On Jan. 20, the 35-year old Russian goaltender signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings. However, because of NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, Nabokov had to pass through waivers first.

The Islanders swooped in and picked up Nabokov on Saturday, a move that frustrated the longtime netminder, as he was hoping to sign with a title contender, not a team with one of the league's worst records. Nabokov is now refusing to report to the Islanders, but they aren't letting him get off that easy as owner Charles Wang hinted they would not release him back to the waiver wire.

The Islanders could keep Nabokov out for all of next season if he does not report.

Nabokov played 10 seasons in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks before leaving for Russia to play for the KHL at the end of last season.  Nabokov finished his first NHL stint with a .912 career save percentage with 50 shutouts in 563 games played. 

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