• July 3, 2022

Boucher Traded Back to Philly; Deja Vu All Over Again

Former Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Brian Boucher had been practicing in Voorhees recently while the NHL lockout slowly came to an end. He was set to re-join the Carolina Hurricanes on the second year of his contract, but apparently he’s not going anywhere.

According toTSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Flyers have traded prospect Luke Pither to Carolina for “Boosh” and draft pick Mark Alt.

Pither had fallen out of favor with the Flyers earlier this season, to the point where they loaned him from the Trenton Titans, their ECHL affiliate, to the Wheeling Nailers, the ECHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins.  They wanted nothing to do with him.

Bringing Boosh back doesn’t make a whole lot of sense unless there is something that the public at large doesn’t know about the health of Michael Leighton and Ilya Bryzgalov.  The organization doesn’t have any room at the AHL level for Boosh or Leighton either.

One possibility is that the Flyers could be considering the same plans that the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens have for Wade Redden and Scott Gomez, respectively.  Both of those players will not be playing this season so as to ensure they don’t get hurt, which would prevent them from being bought out. Perhaps Bryzgalov will be riding the pine shortly.

In his first year with the ‘Canes, Boosh was not up to par as a back-up. He finished the season with a 1-6-1 record, a 3.40 goals-against-average, and a 0.880 save percentage.  Hopefully, the familiarity of playing in Philly will help him bounce back.

Josh Rimer quoted Boucher following the trade: “Yes, I’m happy to be back in Philly. It’s a place I’m familiar with and hopefully I can help in any way possible.”

As for the last part of the trade, Mark Alt is a 6’-3″, 194 lb. right shooting defenseman at the University of Minnesota.  A former 2nd round draft pick of the Hurricanes, Alt followed up an average freshman season with 5 goals and 22 points in 43 games.  This season, he has seen a significant drop off in points, tallying just 3 assists in 21 games.

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Josh Janet

Josh Janet was raised in Northern New Jersey, but by an odd set of circumstances, is a Philadelphia sports fan. While recently converted to the Phillies, Josh is a diehard Flyers fan and can be expected to stay on top of the latest NHL news.

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3 Comments

  • Maybe we are back to the dynamic duo of boost and leighton….great. Tanking the season for a good draft pick maybe?

  • Is Holmgren serious? I think he got hit in the head with a puck at practice. Let’s see they now have Leighton and Boucher back. Think Holmgren is trying to recreate a 2010 run to the finals. Let’s see Hartnell will have a down year( signed his big contract) as will Read. Schenn and Courterier will not progress as hoped coupled with a bad defense and bad goal tending will result in a 1st round exit. Rangers and Pens will the class of the division.

  • FWIW, Boucher is headed straight to the Phantoms. He is insurance in case of injury; otherwise, the Flyers would have to rely on rookie netminder Cal Heeter for any call-ups.

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