Do the Philadelphia Flyers Already Have Their Goalie?

May 13th, 2010 by Mark Ritter Leave a reply »
When the 2009-10 season began, the Philadelphia Flyers and their fans had hoped free agent signee Ray Emery was their answer in between the pipes.

Hampered by injuries that eventually cut short his season—and perhaps his career—Emery posted a reasonable 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 goals against average and a decent .905 save percentage.

Coming on in relief of Emery were a combination of veteran Brian Boucher and waiver-wire acquisition Michael Leighton.

Boucher finished the regular season with a less than stellar 9-18-3 record to go along with a 2.76 goals against average and a paltry .899 save percentage. It was a tough season for Boucher who was often criticized by the fans and, in many people’s minds, should have played out his days in the minors.

Leighton, who came to the Flyers from the Carolina Hurricanes via the waiver wire on December 15th, 2009, was not supposed to be the “answer” at the time of his signing, rather a stop-gap solution until Emery could return from injury.

As it turns out. both the critics and many of the Flyers' fans were wrong about both Leighton and Boucher, at least for the short ...

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