Flyers Learn That Goalie Depth Is Not a Fad

December 15th, 2009 by Steven Ovadia Leave a reply »
This summer was an interesting one in that there seemed to be a surplus of goalies on the market. Heck, the Islanders managed to land two strong starters, whereas in previous offseasons, they might not have been able to afford one.

Now, we're seeing that goalie surplus begin to evaporate, as several teams are finding themselves short a goalie.

In Edmonton, goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, already out for quite some time, is having spinal surgery. No one is sure when he'll return to the ice.

Philadelphia lost goalie Ray Emery for six weeks with a muscle tear.

And Carolina lost Cam Ward earlier in the season, before he came back Dec. 9 against the Devils.

Even the Islanders, with their two starting goalies, plus Rick DiPietro waiting to come back, suffered a setback when DiPietro couldn't finish an AHL start.

Suddenly, goalies are in short supply around the NHL.

The Flyers just grabbed Michael Leighton off of waivers from Carolina and reportedly are in talks to trade for Jaroslav Halak from the Canadiens. The Habs supposedly want a top-six forward, a steep price, but one they know they can extract given the ...

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