John Grahame Is Back?

Posted: March 29, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning
 

Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images North America

Got an interesting text message today, saying that John Grahame was back in the NHL.

Wait, what?

Yes, this is true. The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with Grahame on a deal to run through end of this season. Grahame, 36, was a goalie coach with Sioux City of USHL. Pending a physical, he’ll likely join the Isles on Friday so Kevin Poulin can return to Bridgeport. He played most recently for the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, and last played in the NHL with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008 (He is pictured here with Colorado, where he never played).

In May 2008, after the conclusion of the Hurricanes’ season, as a free agent, Grahame signed with Avangard Omsk of the new Kontinental Hockey League.

On December 12, 2009, Grahame signed a professional tryout contract for the 2009–10 season with the Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms. After playing in 12 games with the Phantoms, Grahame signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche and was assigned to the injury-hit Lake Erie Monsters on March 3, 2010. He played in 14 games, recording only 4 wins, with the Monsters to finish the season and was re-signed on a one-year contract by the Avalanche on July 2, 2010.

He was brought up to the Avalanche on February 11, 2011, after Craig Anderson (ice hockey) went back to Denver for personal reasons. He sat on the bench serving as Peter Budaj’s backup for two contests and did not see any playing time.

At the end of the 2010-11 season he retired after the Monsters made it to the playoffs for the first time in their 4 year history.

 

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1994–95 Lake Superior CCHA 28 16 7 3 1616 75 2 2.78 .887
1995–96 Lake Superior CCHA 29 21 4 2 1658 67 2 2.42 .904
1996–97 Lake Superior CCHA 37 19 3 4 2197 134 3 3.66 .876
1997–98 Providence Bruins AHL 55 15 31 4 3053 164 3 3.22 .898
1998–99 Providence Bruins AHL 48 37 9 1 2771 134 3 2.90 .896 19 15 4 1209 48 1 2.38 .912
1999–2000 Providence Bruins AHL 27 11 13 2 1528 86 1 3.38 .902 13 10 3 839 35 0 2.50 .917
1999–2000 Boston Bruins NHL 24 7 10 5 1344 55 2 2.46 .910
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 16 4 7 3 893 47 0 3.16 .899 17 8 9 1043 46 2 2.65 .923
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 10 3 4 0 471 28 0 3.57 .867
2001–02 Boston Bruins NHL 19 8 7 2 1079 52 1 2.89 .897
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 23 11 9 2 1352 61 1 2.71 .902
2002–03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 17 6 5 4 914 34 2 2.23 .920 1 0 1 111 2 0 1.08 .958
2003–04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 29 18 9 1 1688 58 1 2.06 .913 1 0 0 34 2 0 3.53 .882
2005–06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 57 29 22 1 3152 161 5 3.06 .889 4 1 3 188 15 0 4.79 .847
2006–07 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 28 10 13 2 1515 72 0 2.85 .897
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 17 5 7 1 848 53 0 3.75 .875
2007–08 Albany River Rats AHL 7 4 3 0 415 21 0 3.04 .912
2008–09 Avangard Omsk KHL 20 9 10 1 1195 57 3 2.86 .896
2009–10 Adirondack Phantoms AHL 12 2 10 0 717 34 0 2.84 .896
2009–10 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 14 4 7 3 837 48 0 3.44 .883
2010–11 Lake Erie Monsters AHL 34 19 12 2 2009 80 1 2.39 .911 5 2 3 303 13 0 2.58 .918
NHL totals 224 97 86 18 12363 574 12 2.79 .898 6 1 4 333 19 0 3.42 .883
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