With Sergei Bobrovsky making the move to Columbus, the Philadelphia Flyers clearly have the need for a backup goaltender. Several career backup type goalies are available through free agency including Johan Hedberg and Marty Biron. Biron, the former Flyer would be an interesting choice, and maybe the best, at least in my mind. However, there have been several rumors linking the Flyers to a possible reunion with former backup extraordinaire Brian Boucher. Boucher signed with Nashville this past offseason but saw limited playing time because of injury. If the Flyers did make a move to re-acquire Boucher, it would be his 4th tour of duty with the team.
When asked about the backup goalie situation, Flyers GM alluded to Michael Leighton being a possibility. Leighton, after leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010 has spent most of his time with Adirondack of the AHL. Leighton’s contract with the Flyers is set to expire on July 1st.
Speaking of reunions, former Philadelphia Flyers coach Terry Murray, infamous for his “choking” comments about the Flyers in the ’97 Stanley Cup Finals is set to re-join the team for the fifth time. Murray is rumored to be coming on board to take over the coaching duties for Adirondack.
When Scott Laughton was drafted by the Flyers at #20 on Friday night, he was booed a la Donovan McNabb. The situation was a little different since Laughton was booed by the Pittsburgh Penguins fans and not Flyers fans. When asked about the boos, Laughton laughed it off and said it “adds fuel to the fire. The rivalry is alive and well.” Penguins fans are obviously still a bit bitter over the Flyers dismissing them in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Even Paul Holmgren had a chuckle as he tried to announce the pick over the raucous crowd. “I was going to thank the city of Pittsburgh for their warm welcome…” chuckle.
With James van Riemsdyk rumored to be a central piece in a deal to acquire Columbus’ Rick Nash, it’s safe to say that won’t be happening for the Flyers now. There have also been rumors of the Flyers dealing for Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, a New Jersey native. Those rumors have calmed a bit after the Flyers pulled the trigger on the deal with Toronto for Luke Schenn.
Luke and Brayden Schenn become the third brother combo to play for the Flyers. Ron and Rich Sutter played for the Flyers in the ’80s and Joe and Jimmy Watson played for the Stanley Cup winning Flyers teams in ’74 & ’75.
And finally, the Flyers 2012-2013 regular season schedule was released earlier this week. The Flyers will open up by playing 13 of their first 19 games at the Wells Fargo Center. For full details of the schedule, click here.