There has been quite a bit of chatter today on twitter (From the TSN people) that the Red Wings are on the verge of signing Nabokov to fill in for the injured Jimmy Howard. Since this is an in season signing from Europe he has to pass through waivers (I don't know all the details on this). Would it make sense for the CBJ to claim him to shore up the goal tending duo?
The Columbus goaltenders have been at best inconsistent and at worse flat out bad this season:
Mason: 3.25 GAA .889 SV%
Garon: 2.66 GAA .902 SV%
This ranks Garon 28th and Mason 31st in the league in Save Percentage this season. For a team fighting for one of the last playoff spots in a hotly contested Western Conference this won't cut it.
Now looking at Nabokov, he had very good numbers last season posting a career best save percentage of .922. While it is doubtful he can replicate his career high, he is a good bet to be an upgrade over both Mason and Garon. In addition, according to Daren Dreger, the Wings are expected to be offering around $570K to Nabokov making him a cheap option that should fit within the CBJ budget. Nabokov could split starts with Mason for the remainder of the season, hopefully providing better results than the current tandem. Overall it seems like a low risk move with a potentially high reward.
What does everyone think?