Just say "Boosh."
After not starting for 12 straight games, backup goalie Brian Boucher has again received the nod as the Flyers face visiting Montreal on Monday. Boucher was the winner in the Flyers' 5-4 shoot-out triumph in Washington on Saturday.
If you can figure out coach Peter Laviolette's goalie logic, you should play the stock market.
Bobrovsky has clearly established himself as the team's No. 1 goalie, but he will now be sitting for two straight games against elite teams. Strange.
Also, the Flyers recalled winger Eric Wellwood from the Phantoms.
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The Flyers said “au revoir” to Patrick Maroon, the big left winger they branded as a troublemaker, in a four-player trade of minor-leaguers on Sunday.
But it’s fair to wonder if the deal _ the Flyers received defenseman Danny Syvret and forward Rob Bordson and they sent Maroon and winger David Laliberte to Anaheim _ will have some long-range implications for the orange and black.
The Flyers already have $57.6 million committed to 2011-12 for just 18 players. If the current salary cap ($59.4 million) is still in place, that will leave them $1.8 million for four or five players, including Ville Leino.
In other words, unless the salary cap rises dramatically (not likely), the Flyers will have to cut salary.
Look for one of their high-priced defensemen to be dealt in the off-season.
That’s why getting Syvret could fit into their future plans. He may be their sixth or seventh defenseman next year.
Laliberte scored two goals in 11 games with the Flyers last season. In 19 games with the Phantoms this year, he had nine points.
GM Paul Holmgren said it was “hard for us to give up a guy like David Laliberte. David was such a good, solid kid for our organization.”
In Saturday’s 5-4 shoot-out win in Washington, Flyers winger James van Riemsdyk spent most of the night on a line with Mike Richards and Andreas Nodl. His strong, physical play made coach Peter Laviolette drop Nik Zherdev to the fourth line. Zherdev played just 6:21.
“I thought when James went up there, it was probably our most effective line,” Laviolette said. “It was a good game for James. He needs to take that and build on it.”
As for Zherdev, he seems grossly out of place on a checking line.
The Flyers (13-6-2) were 12-8-1 at a corresponding point last season…..The Flyers power play is 1 for its last 20…..A little over 300 tickets remain for Monday.
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