2013 Club : New York Islanders
2013 Salary : $2,750,000
Height : 6’0″
Weight : 200 lbs
Age : 37
Stats : 41 GP, 23-11-7, 2.50 GAA, .910 SV%, 3 SO
Now before the critics jump all over this and start leaving nasty comments indicating I’ve lost my mind, do the me a favor and at least let me explain this one.
The question needs to be asked, what if Dubnyk takes a step back and can’t live up to the billing of the number one goalie in Edmonton? Then what? There isn’t anyone in the minors that can come up and play savior. At least last season there was the small reassurance that Nikolai Khabibulin could come off the bench and start three games in a row if necessary.
Heading into next season, to have a veteran like Nabokov to serve as that steady backup who can be turned into an everyday starter if in fact Dubnyk doesn’t deliver, is simply an insurance policy.
His numbers are decent over the last two seasons on the long Island and at 37-years of age he still has some game in him. When looking at the list of potential backups who can still play every other day if needed and still consider them to be a legitimate number one netminder, the list is slim. Names like Tim Thomas, Ilya Bryzgalov and Khabibulin are your front runners and none of those are overly appealing. Meaning Nabokov isn’t such a bad choice to have on this list.
Oil on Whyte projected salary: 2-years, $6.0 million