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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…)


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One year after refusing to report to the New York Islanders, the 36-year-old Evgeni Nabokov has signed a $2.75-million, one-year deal that will keep him on the Island through next season.

“I’m thrilled to commit to this team for next season,” Nabokov told reporters. “We have a great group in the locker-room of young, talented players and we’re heading in the right direction. I’m excited to have the chance to help get this team back to the playoffs.

Nabby started his NHL career with the San Jose Sharks in 2001, and played there until 2010, when he signed in the KHL. After getting let go from his deal, he signed a one year pact with the Detroit Red Wings, but was claimed on waivers by the Islanders. After failing to report to New York at that time, and getting suspended for the rest of the season, he came to training camp this season to honour the contract and has been one of the team’s bright spots — posting a .912 save percentage, 2.56 goals-against average and a 17-18-3 record. (more…)

Kevin Poulin

Posted: March 4, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders

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The Good: An athletic and reactionary netminder, Poulin has finally become consistent. Extremely quick between the pipes, he’ll do anything to stop the puck, often making acrobatic saves. He’s learned more fundamentals and combined that with his athleticism. Kevin shows an excellent ability to get his body or legs behind shots he didn’t completely see from release point to the point of arrival. Rarely does he lose sight of the puck for more than a split second. Again, in his limited NHL action, his clear-cut strengths in regards to butterfly technique is puck-tracking and well-placed hand positioning.His recovery mechanics once his skate blades come off the ice are not strong. It takes him a long time to recover from a scramble mode back to his original stance and this has caused him to dive or throw his upper body across his crease in order to seal holes. He displays a high work ethic and level of intense focus from the first minute to the end buzzer. This is a terrific sign that he’s not only in great shape, but he understands how to manage a heavy workload in a single game. Kevin is able to track pucks through screens and traffic very well. (more…)

The Las Vegas Wranglers announced today that goaltender Joe Fallon has been called up to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.

Leading the ECHL with 30 wins and 2,739 minutes played, Fallon has appeared in 47 games for the Wranglers this season. Fallon, 27, was called up to the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers for one game in December, and named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the Week for Jan. 23 – 29.

Fallon is a big goaltender at 6’3 who covers a lot of net. He is a stand-up type with extremely good lateral movement. Fallon displays great confidence, focus and is very consistent. He has the ability to make the second and third saves and does a very good job of controlling his rebounds. He follows plays well and stays square to the shooters. He is also willing to challenge shooters. Fallon is a very good on his angles and does a great job of covering the lower part of the net. His puckhandling ability, which isn’t one of his strongest attributes, is an area that Fallon can improve in. (more…)

New York Islanders Depth Chart

Posted: February 26, 2012 by Steven Ellis in Depth Charts, New York Islanders

  1. Evgeni Nabokov
  2. Al Montoya
  3. Kevin Poulin
  4. Mikko Koskinen
  5. Rick Dipietro
  6. Stefan Ridderwall
  7. Jase Weslosky
  8. Anders Nilsson
  9. Cody Rosen

Al Montoya

Posted: January 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders


The Good: Montoya is a flashy goaltender, who is solid on his skates and has good lateral movement in the crease. He plays a hybrid butterfly style, is very sound in his positioning and reads angles well. A strong puck handler who likes to start the play for his defensemenand has excellent reflexes, Montoya is agile enough to make difficult, acrobatic saves look routine.  He is competitive and has plenty of confidence in his ability. A big thing that separates Montoya from Evgeni Nabokov is his ability to play the puck extremely well and can act as a third defender in the transition game. He does have a great deal of confidence, which allows him to bounce back after allowing a bad goal. He is always at his best when his positioning is sound. At 6’2, 203 pounds, Al Montoya has ideal size for an NHL goaltender. It took a while for him to get here, but he has impressed in his limited NHL experience so far. (more…)

Evgeni Nabokov

Posted: January 16, 2012 by Steven Ellis in New York Islanders

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The Good: Nabokov is fundamentally sound in his mechanics when it comes to his glove hand. Many of his best saves involve his superior quickness with his glove hand. He has lightning-quick reflexes and the ability to snatch a sure goal away from opponents. Nabokov has decent stick skills when working in his crease and has improved heavily on his puck playing skills around the net. Nice combination of standup positioning and ‘V-style’ capability. Nabokov will challenge aggressively in an upright manner on shots from the wing, while playing down low and traffic situations Nabokov can easily adapt by playing on his knees, displaying nice form there as well. He challenges shooters well and is confident that he won’t make many mistakes.  His ability to outwait the shooter is his strongest attribute. Nabokov keeps his feet and set positioning as long as possible, forcing the shooters hand and reacting with quick controlled movements. During his time in San Jose, he was one of the leagues top goaltenders every single season. (more…)