The Flyers’ fan base can finally let out a sigh of relief, for Robert Esche will officially not be returning to the Orange and Black.
According to a local report from WKTV in Utica, NY, Esche has opted to not burn his bridges with the KHL and honor the final year on his contract with SKA St. Petersburg.
“Having to choose between a return to the National Hockey League and a return to the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia, goalie and Whitesboro native Rob Esche has chosen the latter, telling WKTV he will honor the final year of his contract with SKA St. Petersburg.”
There were rumors that after the Flyers plucked exiled goalie Ray Emery from the KHL, that the organization was looking to do the same with Esche, to fill the vacant back-up goaltending position.
Esche was with the Flyers from 2002-2006, and is remembered for his lack of rebound control and weak play in big games. However, Esche has seemingly recovered his game in Russia, posting a 1.87 GAA in 38 games.