Grahame giving Tampa options

John Grahame's play has re-ignited speculation that No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is on the trading block.

Updated: January 13, 2004, 1:56 PM ET
By By Jim Wilkie | NHL Insider
Tampa Bay backup John Grahame helped get the Lightning back into first place in the Southeast Division but in the process has re-ignited a goaltender controversy and speculation that No. 1 goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is on the trading block.

The cold, hard facts are that Grahame has won three games in a row, four of his past five starts (4-1) and will make his fourth consecutive start Tuesday night at Pittsburgh.

"I don't consider it a situation. I consider it trying to win hockey games," Lightning head coach John Tortorella told the St. Petersburg Times. "Johnny has been on a bit of a roll here, and he's made some big saves and won some games."

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