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Hurricanes Recall John Grahame from Albany

Monday, 01.21.2008 / 5:02 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Hurricanes Recall John Grahame from Albany

Team reassigns Michael Leighton to AHL affiliate

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has recalled goaltender John Grahame from the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League. To make room for Grahame on the roster, the Hurricanes reassigned goaltender Michael Leighton to Albany.

Grahame, 32, was assigned to the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League on Jan. 4 after clearing waivers. In seven games since joining Albany, the Denver, CO, native has posted a 4-3-0 record, with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .912 save percentage. Grahame (6’3”, 220 lbs.) played in 13 NHL games with Carolina this season prior to his assignment to Albany, earning a 4-6-1 record, a 3.83 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. The Hurricanes signed Grahame as a free agent during the 2006 offseason. Since making his NHL debut in 1999-00 with Boston, he has played in 220 NHL games with Boston, Tampa Bay and Carolina, compiling a 96-85-18 record and a 2.78 career goals-against average.

Leighton, 26, has played in three games with the Hurricanes since being recalled from Albany on Jan. 3, posting a 1-1-0 record, a 2.66 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. At the time of his recall, Leighton ranked first in the AHL with five shutouts, second with a .928 save percentage, tied for fourth with 13 wins and fourth with a 2.14 goals-against average. On Jan. 9, the Petrolia, Ont., native was named the starter for the Canadian All-Stars at the AHL All Star Classic, scheduled for Jan. 28 in Binghamton, NY. Leighton (6’3”, 186 lbs.) was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the sixth round (165th overall) in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, and acquired by the Hurricanes at the 2007 draft from Montreal in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.

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