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Islanders sign veteran goalie Grahame for final five games

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Associated Press
3/29/2012 7:58:21 PM
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UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with veteran goalie John Grahame for the rest of this season.

The Islanders announced the deal with the 36-year-old Grahame on Thursday, hours before they hosted the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second half of a home-and-home series.

No. 1 New York goalie Evgeni Nabokov is sidelined by an undisclosed lower body injury. Al Montoya made the start against the Penguins, and call-up Kevin Poulin served as his backup. Grahame will be eligible to play in the Islanders' last five games.

Grahame has played in 224 NHL games over 13 years with Boston, Carolina, and the Tampa Bay Lightning, with whom he won a Stanley Cup title in 2004. He spent last season with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League.

Grahame, who was the goalie coach this season for his former junior team -- the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League -- has 97 NHL victories with a 2.79 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.

The Denver native also represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics and the 1996 and 2007 world championships.

John Grahame  (Photo: Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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