There was even a discussion, however preliminary, about the possibility of Yashin playing more games in an Islanders uniform.
"About two years ago, we were talking to the Islanders," Yashin revealed. "The idea was about what it would take for me to join them late in the year and for the playoffs after my season in the KHL.The Islanders didn't make the playoffs and the idea didn't go any further.
"Let's face it, that's a long shot. A lot of things would have to work out and there would be the contract and the waiver process like Nabby had to go through. It's very complicated and I don't know if we could have pulled it off. Still, it was flattering to hear from them."
October, 2010 - The Islanders attempts to emulate the Devils by scratching their highest paid player prove fruitless when they are unable to figure out how to bench Alexei Yashin's buyout.
Alexei Yashin would consider returning to the NHL, as long as it's in the New York area (he is still with Carol Alt). But the only offers he received were at a minimum salary. Let's just say he wasn't that interested.