Monday, January 24, 2011

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Around the Rinks (Jersey Fail Edition)

It’s been an interesting week for jersey gaffes hasn’t it?

The Buffalo News reported last week that forward Rob Niedermayer went a full three games (and three different jerseys) with his name misspelled before someone pointed it out to him. While it wasn’t quite as high profile as the NHL’s “Nick Lindstrom” slip-up at the 2008 Awards Show, it’s still pretty bad because it happened on the ice.

At least he had a jersey to wear though!

Yahoo’s junior hockey blog Buzzing the Net brings us this hilarious fail: The WHL’s Vancouver Giants forgot their jerseys when they headed to Kamloops to face the Blazers on Saturday…so what did they do?

If you answered “play the game in Blazers practice jerseys,” you’re absolutely right!

I feel for the play-by-play guys having to try and figure this one out on the fly! Here’s what I don’t get though – did they not even have their own practice jerseys?

So we’ve covered misspelled names, we’ve covered misplaced shirts. What about the cancelled jersey orders?

Former San Jose Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov signed a one-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings last week, after ending a short stint in Russia’s KHL to give the NHL another go. In order to get back on the ice though, the veteran had to clear waivers, and that’s where things get interesting.

A few weeks after trading one of their starters away for practically nothing, the New York Islanders decided to snipe the 35-year-old off of the waiver wire! Imagine that – you think you’re headed to Detroit to possibly challenge for a Stanley Cup and you end up on a team that is about 20 points out of the playoff picture with 35 games to go.


Well, I hope that no Islanders fans preemptively ordered that Nabokov jersey just yet, because he says he isn’t coming! In fact, the NY Daily News reports that he actually hung up on Isles GM Garth Snow when he tried to get in touch with him on Saturday.

Don Meehan, Nabokov’s agent, tried to clear things up later on by saying the whole thing was a misunderstanding and he didn’t know it was Snow on the phone…

As for his “future” with the Isles, here’s what the Russian had to say about his situation on Sunday (via ESPN):

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision. It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.”

If Nabokov sticks to his guns and doesn’t report to the Islanders, the team can either suspend him for not reporting (which seems dumb), or they can put him on waivers and try to trade him if he clears. The problem there is, there is no way he would clear because someone like the Detroit Red Wings would more than likely snap him up.

Oh, and did I mention he has a no-movement clause in his contract?

The NY Daily News also reports that the Isles could “toll” the contract, which means they can make it count for next season if he doesn’t “honor” it.

What do you think about this scenario?

I think it seems a bit silly to think that Nabokov could end up being “suspended” and under contract with the Islanders for a whole other year because of this. Obviously there are rules to follow, but it doesn’t seem right that a free agent can sign with one team, yet end up somewhere else just because he started the season in a different league.

Does anyone else find it ironic that a player with a no-movement clause is being forced to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go?

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