The New York Islanders plan to toll the contract of veteran goaltender Evgeni Nabokov according to Katie Strang of Newsday.
Tolling the contract is basically extending the contract for another year, because of Nabokov's failure to comply with the initial contract.
The Islanders have yet to officially request to toll the contract but have said that they plan to do so. The Islanders have until July 1st of this year to submit a request to toll his contract.
On January 20th, 2011 TSN reported that Evgeni Nabokov was going to sign a one year contract worth $570,000 with the Detroit Red Wings. However, he first had to clear waivers to join with the Red Wings. The Islanders claimed Nabokov off of waivers on January 22nd.
Reports then started to come out that Nabokov would refuse to report to the Islanders. Those reports were in fact true. On January 25th the Islanders suspended Nabokov for the remainder of the season for his failure to report.
The Islanders already have three goalies heading into camp with Rick DiPietro, Al Montoya, and Kevin Poulin. Having a fourth goaltender in Nabokov may be one too many. The Islanders can and probably will look into trading Nabokov during the off-season. According to Article 13.23 of the NHL's current Collective Bargaining Agreement the Islanders have to wait until the end of the current playing season before any trade can be made.
Meanwhile, GM Garth Snow has given permission to Nabokov to play for Team Russia at the IIHF Hockey World Championships in Slovakia. The tournament is set to begin on April 29th.