Thursday, March 29, 2012
Updated: March 30, 9:25 AM ET
John Grahame agrees to deal
By Katie Strang
It appears Evgeni Nabokov's season is over.
With six games remaining, including Thursday's matchup against the Penguins in New York, the Islanders have agreed to terms on a contract with 36-year-old journeyman goaltender John Grahame.
The move is an indication that Nabokov, who left Tuesday's game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh with a lower-body injury, will rest for the remainder of the season.
Nabokov, also 36, suffered the injury less than a week after signing a one-year, $2.75 million contract extension with the Islanders. The veteran has battled groin issues on multiple occasions this year.
The Islanders are missing the playoffs for the fifth straight season.
Goalie Kevin Poulin has been recalled from AHL Bridgeport on an emergency basis to back up Al Montoya Thursday night.
Grahame, who has played in 224 NHL games with stints in Boston, Tampa Bay and Carolina, most recently played for the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. He has not played in the NHL since the 2007-08 season, when he was with the Hurricanes.