Brian Boucher vs. Michael Leighton: The Battle for Philadelphia Flyers Backup

December 7th, 2010 by Tom Dougherty Leave a reply »
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told reporters on a conference call yesterday that he expects to carry three goalies for "the short term" when Michael Leighton is ready to be activated from long-term injured reserve.

Leighton will return to the Adirondack Phantoms for two more games this coming weekend after the Flyers were granted an extension for his conditioning assignment by Gary Bettman's office. Of course, you read more on that here.

To make a long story short, the Flyers are going to be forced to make a roster move in order to squeeze Leighton onto the roster while complying with the league's salary cap. As it stands right now, the Flyers have no cap space, according to

Rather than continuing to speculate what potential moves Philadelphia will make when the conditioning loans expires this weekend, let's move towards the future and look at the battle for the backup for when the orange and black carry three goaltenders "for the short term."

What exactly does that mean? Essentially, it's saying there will be a goalie move at some point in the near future. Whether it's next week or a month from now, Holmgren will ...

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