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The free agent frenzy opens on July 5 and it looks like Evgeni Nabokov is going to test the market (players can begin talks with teams on July 1, but cannot sign until the 5th).

According to Arthur Staple, Nabokov is "probably" going to test the market this summer. Nabokov said to Staple that he and the team couldn't find a "middle ground" but the netminder wasn't willing to "close the door" on a possible return.

If the Islanders lose Nabokov their currently contracted goaltending options for next season become Kevin Poulin, Anders Nilsson and Rick DiPietro (more on buyout possibilities in a moment).

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