No truth to Nabokov trade rumors

Trade rumors involving goaltender Evgeni Nabokov ignited a frenzy in the Twitterverse Thursday night during the team's 4-3 OT meltdown loss to Colorado.

But the rumor, that the Islanders had traded Nabokov to Columbus, in exchange for defenseman Fedor Tyutin, appears to be just that.

As of 9 a.m. Friday morning, the Islanders had not asked Nabokov to waive his no-trade clause, general manager Garth Snow confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.

Snow also said there was no truth whatsoever to the rumors that surfaced Thursday night.

The no-trade clause was included in the one-year, $570,000 deal Nabokov orginally inked with Detroit last January before the Islanders claimed him off waivers.

The 36-year-old netminder, who was suspended by the Islanders last season after refusing to report, is 1-3-0 with a 2.81 goals against average and .911 save percentage in five games this season.

Since his contract was tolled by the Islanders for the 2011-12 season, Nabokov has been speculated to be trade bait for teams looking to improve their depth in net.

The Islanders currently have a surplus at the position with Al Montoya and Rick DiPietro on their roster as well.