Evgeni Nabokov G TB 3 Months

Evgeni Nabokov doesn't mind serving as a backup and as a mentor in Tampa Bay.

"Anytime my name is called, I'm going to be ready," he said. "Obviously I understand my age, and people talk about it. But I don't feel it. Nothing I can do with the situation. At this age, I'm fine with it. I'm still enjoying playing hockey. I still feel like I can help the team achieve a goal so that's why I'm still playing." He's excited to join the Lightning and he likes the direction the team is heading. He'll back up Ben Bishop in 2014-15 and he's expected to help goalie prospects Kristers Gudlevskis and Andrei Vasilevskiy as well.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 3 Months

Evgeni Nabokov has signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

At this stage of Nabokov's career, he's not a starting goaltender and his deal with the Lightning can be seen as an acknowledgment of that. Ben Bishop is firmly cemented as the team's number one goaltender, but Nabokov should get a decent amount of starts by backup standards.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 3 Months

Evgeni Nabokov is expected to test the unrestricted free agent waters.

The New York Islanders are willing to re-sign him, but Nabokov would be reduced to serving as the team's backup. He'll turn 39 years old in July though and we anticipate there being a market for him as a clear starter. That said, he might be able to join a team that has a vulnerable starter or an unclear goaltending situation where he'll be able to compete for the number one spot throughout the season.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 5 Months

The New York Islanders are still interested in bringing back Evgeni Nabokov, even after acquiring the negotiating rights to Jaroslav Halak.

That being said, if Nabokov returns to the Islanders, it would be as the team's backup goaltender. Nabokov is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov's shutout on Thursday gave him sole possession of 17th place on the NHL's all-time leaderboard.

Nabokov has 59 career shutouts, one more than John Ross Roach. With his career winding down, Nabokov probably won't reach Turk Broda, who ranks 16th with 62 shutouts.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov enjoyed an easy win in a 2-0 shutout of the Canadiens Thursday night.

The veteran goalkeeper was only required to stop 19 shots in the contest, earning him his fourth shutout of the year. Nabokov's record improves to 15-14-8 with the win while his GAA is 2.74 and his save percentage is .905.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov allowed two goals on 22 shots to steer the Isles to a 4-2 victory over Florida on Tuesday night.

Nabokov won for the third time in his past five games, and has allowed two goals or less in his past three starts. The 38 year old is 14-14-7 this season with a .904 save percentage and 2.82 goals against average.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov put forth a strong effort for the Islanders, but suffered a loss in a 3-2 shootout decision against the Lightning.

Nabokov turned away 29 of 31 shots in the loss, but was dealt the heartbreaking hand of losing a 13-round shootout, which drops his record to 13-14-7 on the season. His GAA is now 2.84 and his save percentage is .903.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov is interested in continuing his NHL career beyond the 2013-14 campaign.

"I feel like I can still do it," Nabokov said. "[NHL defenseman] Rob Blake told me, 'When it's time, you'll know.' I don't know yet." Nabokov has a 2.87 GAA and .902 save percentage in 36 games this season. He'll turn 39 in July and if the Islanders decide to let him become an unrestricted free agent, Nabokov might have to settle for serving as a team's backup if he wants to stay in the NHL.

Evgeni Nabokov G TB 6 Months

Evgeni Nabokov helped the New York Islanders generate an upset win against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 2-0 victory on Sunday.

Nabokov stopped all 41 shots for his third shutout of the 2013-14 season. He's now 13-14-6 record with a .902 save percentage and 2.87 GAA this season.