Um What? Wings Talking to Nabokov

So Darren Dreger reported (per KK) that the Wings are looking at signing former San Jose goalie, Evgeni Nabakov.  Kuklaskorner has also added another source which confirms it and says that Holland is trying to figure out a way so the goaltender makes it through waivers. 

I’m not sure what I think about it.  Howard is healthy again and Osgood should be back for the playoffs (Mid-March).  What happens then?  Maybe there is something we don’t know about? 

Though if Osgood does retire after the season, the Wings don’t exactly have a wealth of goaltending talent in their system right now, so this might tide us over until McCollum is ready or the next big thing comes along.  

Per Mlive

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland confirmed that he is in contract discussions with the agent for goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, but said he does not know if a deal is imminent.

“We’ve had conversations,” Holland said. “It’s hard to know (if they’re close). We’ll see.”

Interesting.  I don’t know what I think about this yet… 

UPDATE:  Someone dug up the great George Malik to get his opinion on the subject:  

1. It is entirely possible that, despite Holland’s suggestions to Khan, either Howard’s bruised knee is more seriously injured than we know, or that Osgood had much more extensive sports hernia surgery than we’ve been led to believe (GM’s have to fib sometimes to keep their cards to themselves), so the Wings need a veteran back-up.

2. Given Holland’s statements when he allowed Ty Conklin to walk–that the Wings couldn’t keep bringing in 35-year-old goalies forever–I find it extremely unlikely that the Wings have any plans to trade a goaltender or simply not re-sign Howard.  In the present market for goaltenders, even a goalie who puts up 30 wins a season can’t expect to earn more than about $4 million a season, and as we all know, Holland’s a master at making cap numbers work (see: Valtteri Filppula, Jiri Hudler).

Both great points.  Welcome back Malik. 

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