Professional athletes often get a reputation of being selfish and narcissistic. We see that most in other sports like Football, Baseball and Basketball. Hockey players are generally down to earth and good guys who care about the sport, its image and put team and game before themselves. Evgeni Nabokov is the exception to that exception. He is a weasel and his failure to report to the New York Islanders puts him in the same category as the whiny basketball player who thinks the world revolves around his ego.

Pierre LeBrun conducted an interview with Evgeni Nabokov and posted an article today. Here is what Nabokov had to say:

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision,” Nabokov told ESPN.com from his home in San Jose. “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.”

That’s rich. You couldn’t help your stacked San Jose Sharks team win a damn thing in the playoffs all these past seasons. Now, when you are slower and just as dumb, you think you want to “help” another team? To state that you don’t know what you could do for the Islanders shows why you are a selfish idiot. You could help them win. That’s what goaltenders do. They help their teams get the W.

“I understand the rules,” said Nabokov, who signed a one-year, $570,000 deal with the Wings. “We’re not stupid, we knew what was going on before we made the decision. But I made this decision because the goal was to play with Detroit.”

So you knew the rules going in and you were predetermined not to follow them. We can now add malicious to selfish idiot.

“I want to clear something up,” said Nabokov. “Everybody wrote that Garth Snow left me messages. I have no messages on my phone from him. I didn’t talk to him. So I want to clear that up. He may have tried to reach me but there’s no message from him. I still haven’t talked to him.”

So you know he tried to reach you but he didn’t leave a message. That’s cute. I am surprised Pierre didn’t ask him if he intends to call Snow back.

“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Nabokov. “I just hope they will understand where I’m coming from. That’s all.”

I am sure they understand what a prima donna they are getting.

So for now, he doesn’t plan on reporting to the Islanders. “Right now, that’s right,” Nabokov said. “I was surprised they picked me up. I was like, ‘Wow, what’s the point?”‘

He brings up a good point here. What is the point? His wife is a high level executive in Silicon Valley. He can stay home, put on a dress and make sure the house is tidy and a warm meal is ready when she gets home. Put on something tight after dinner Evgeni. At least give your wife the respect of knowing you’re the same little bitch she married.