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Islanders Activate Evgeni Nabokov, Brian Strait; Anders Nilsson to Bridgeport, Radek Martinek to IR

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This is a series of procedural updates that do not involve Ryan Strome, mostly.

Why you no bring Lubo with you?
Why you no bring Lubo with you?
Bruce Bennett

The Great Goaltending Crisis of 2013 is over: Evgeni Nabokov is healthy (but still 38) again.

The New York Islanders announced a couple of roster moves today that relate to what they perceive to be ailing them: Goaltending and defense in the absence of Nabokov, Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait.

The other problem they perceive, that of dried-up secondary scoring, was addressed earlier this week with the Bridgeport swap of Ryan Strome and Pierre-Marc Bouchard. However, you'll have to wait on Ryan Strome: He's not playing tonight.

To summarize:

  • Anders Nilsson has been reassigned to Bridgeport to make room for Nabokov coming off IR
  • To make room for Strait, Radek Martinek, the team's official Pressbox and/or IR Dweller in Case of Emergency, goes to IR with "back spasms," retroactive to Nov. 29.
  • Nabokov will back up Kevin Poulin tonight; Strait will play in place of Angry Penalty Taker Matt Carkner.
  • Sadly, there are no positive updates on Lubomir Visnovsky (concussion), which really sucks and affects more things than any of the above.
  • Bouchard has reported to Bridgeport, Strome has reported to the Isles in Phoenix.

But Capuano explained why they're not putting Strome in just yet -- and one has to wonder if there isn't just a tiny bit of "don't scratch a guy after he participated in the team's first win in 11 games, unless he took dumb penalties that hurt us" at play:

Full game preview to be up later. For now, that's your record keeping to remember this zany final day on the Western Death March 2013.