The Flyers have called up goalie Carter Hutton, freshly signed from UMass-Lowell, to replace the injured Johan Backlund on the Flyers' roster.
Hutton was signed last week by the Flyers, straight from college.
Hutton, 24, played his college hockey at the University of Massachusetts Lowell of Hockey East. The Ontario native lead Hockey East in goals-against average (2.04), save percentage (0.928) and shutouts (4) last season. He posted a 13-12-2 record in 27 games played.
Hutton completed his four-year career at UMass-Lowell as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (10) and goals-against average (2.33) and is tied for the career lead in save percentage (0.913)
First it was Ray Emery.
Then it was Brian Boucher, followed by Michael Leighton.
And today it was Johan Backlund.
As the Flyers’ fourth starting goalie this season, Backlund was forced to leave his NHL debut against the Penguins after the second period with a re-aggravated groin injury. Backlund was seen stretching through numerous stoppages at Mellon Arena.
Boucher replaced him to start the third period.
But it wasn’t because of Backlund’s performance. Backlund stopped 22-of-24 shots and gave the Flyers, who scored just 62 seconds into the contest, a chance to win.
They ultimately fell, 4-1, to the Penguins – and thanks to a Bruins 5-0 win over Calgary – dropped into 8th place in the Eastern Conference.
Backlund first injured his groin with the Phantoms in a 2-1 overtime win against Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on March 14. It kept him from being recalled as Boucher’s backup when Leighton went down in Nashville on March 16.
Jeremy Duchesne was Boucher’s backup for four games until Thursday’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota.
There has been no word from the Flyers yet as to whether Duchesne will need to be re-called to replace Backlund for Sunday’s matchup with the Devils at the Wachovia Center.
The Flyers aren’t yet out of the woods today, though. More damage can be done with games remaining on the docket from the Rangers and Thrashers, who are nipping at the floundering Flyers’ heels.