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.
- 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:
Capuano on Ryan Strome "Just want to get him acclimated in our meetings (before he plays). I'm sure you can see him pretty soon." #Isles— NYIslanders (@NYIslanders) December 12, 2013
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.