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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. (more…)


Colorado Avalanche Depth Chart

Posted: February 24, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Colorado Avalanche, Depth Charts

  1.  Semyon Varlamov
  2. Jean-Sébastien Giguère
  3. Cédrick Desjardins
  4. Calvin Pickard
  5. Trevor Cann
  6. Kent Patterson
  7. Sami Aittokallio
  8. Kieran Millan

Cedrick Desjardins

Posted: February 21, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Colorado Avalanche

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The Good: Desjardins is a strong butterfly goalie with quick reflexes. Still raw, he will need to develop his technique in order to start in the AHL. He has sound mentally and knows what it takes to win a tough and important game. He will not impress you but will make the saves nonetheless. Desjardins is a high-energy goalie that has had terrific success at both the QMJHL and AHL levels.  He proved he has NHL upside back in January with Tampa Bay and makes a terrific starter for Lake Erie. He’s an aggressive goalie with very quick hands and has an outstanding work ethic. Desjardins moves well and displays a lot of energy. His ability to square up to pucks and maintain a straight upper body allows him to appear much bigger than his 6-foot-0, 192-pound frame. He has a flared out butterfly stance and holds his hands in a very effective manner – up high and in front of his body. He also holds them away from his sides, which adds to his “wide” appearance.  Overall, he is a strong goaltender with upside. (more…)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Posted: January 13, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Colorado Avalanche

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The Good:   JSG is extremely poised and has the ideal demeanor for a goaltender. He plays a positionally-sound butterfly style, and covers a lot of net with his frame and style. Some say his big pads is the only reason he is in the NHL, but after a Conn Smythe in 2003 and a Stanley Cup in 2007, both with the Anaheim Ducks, this isn’t the case. His big game experience will be a big help for the Avalanche and Semyon Varlamov in general, as the young netminder can use the help from Jiggy.  He, along with Varlamov, will (hopefully) bring a large number of wins for Colorado in the next couple of years. (more…)

Semyon Varlamov

Posted: January 13, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Colorado Avalanche

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The Good: Varlamov has a fairly unique, hybrid style and changes that style depending on the situation. Primarily a butterfly goalie, he will use his quick reflexes and fast reaction time to stop shots. He is quick to re-establish his stance after acrobatic saves and plays with a lot of composure. He has a quick glove hand but is not always active with his stick. Varlamov rarely leaves the net to play the puck, but is good at preventing one-timers by intercepting cross-crease passes with his stick. He plays a sound positional game and doesn’t lose the net. He maintains his poise and shows a lot of composure for such a young goalie. Conversely, he sometimes lets in bad goals due to a lack of focus, particularly when playing with a big lead. Varlamov has the size, raw skill and reflexes to make him into a strong NHL goalie. He continues to develop the maturity, mobility and stick handling capabilities that will allow him to become an elite goalie. Varlamov’s talent level, mental game, and positive, calm demeanor suggests he can be a top starter for the foreseeable future.