We know that at least Philly and Washington will have real interest in claiming him.
We know that there’s pretty much no possible way he’ll go unclaimed.
So what was Detroit’s motivation? Just to force some action? Make someone claim him, and then that eliminates a team that will be bidding on the other goalies in the trade market (i.e. Vokoun, Giguere, etc.)? That’s the only way I can figure it right now….
EDIT: As per Bob McKenzie's Twitter: Keep in mind, if Nabokov is claimed by a team and Nabokov doesn't like the situation, he can simply refuse to report and not play this year.