Will the Philadelphia Flyers Replace Ray Emery…For Good?

December 9th, 2009 by Ben Livingston Leave a reply »
The Philadelphia Flyers, already reeling from a losing skid and a coaching change, learned today that they would have to turn their season around without starting goaltender Ray Emery. Emery is out six weeks after deciding to reveal and have surgery for an abdomen injury that many suspected to exist after his sensational season turned south over the past couple weeks.

Given the team's terrible performance of late, the Flyers simply can't afford to fall any more in the standings. Current Flyers' backup goalie Brian Boucher is a good No. 2 netminder, but relying on him for six weeks may be a stretch.

Now, from the start the Flyers' Emery experiment could have ended up being temporary or a long-term arrangement. Emery was a loose cannon that has since cooled, meaning that the specific risk the Flyers took on him has paid off.

However, it remains to be seen whether Emery is the Flyer goalie of the future, or a temporary solution while the Flyers look for that goalie of the future. Now, with a question mark in the crease, the team has to make a decision on which of those is the reality sooner than expected.

If the Flyers choose to stick with ...

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