According to Daily Times writer Anthony SanFilippo, a source within the Flyers organization has made it clear that atop the team’s offseason wish list is finding a young goaltender.
“We can’t go into next year with the same situation or a similar situation in goal that we have right now,” the source told SanFilippo. “What happened this year is really nobody’s fault. Ray (Emery) came in here and did everything we asked and was good until he got hurt. We got lucky with (Michael) Leighton, but we can’t expect to win doing things this way in goal.
“It’s already been decided that our No. 1 priority for next season is to get a goalie. We have to go out and get that player and commit to him as our guy.”
During Sean Avery’s lone dismantling of the Flyers on Sunday, in which the truculent Rangers’ forward scored two goals and was able to draw three penalties in his team’s 3-1 victory, many noticed him sitting alone on the end of the bench. Not talking to or sitting in proximity of anyone on his team other than a trainer to his right, it appeared as though Avery was in self isolation.
Well, Flyers’ forward Ian Laperriere gave his thoughts to the NY Daily News as to why that might be.
“Those people are getting fooled by his act,” said Laperriere, who was a teammate of Avery in Los Angeles from 2002-04. “I know he is the worst teammate I’ve played with. And I know (the Rangers) feel the same way. That’s all I’m going to say.”
The Flyers face the Rangers twice more in the final two games of the season.
It wasn’t long ago that Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Max Talbot, was on the giving end of a hockey-viral youtube.com video, putting his finger to his lips and shushing a ravenous Philly crowd just seconds after taking a beating from Flyers’ forward Daniel Carcillo in the 2008-09 post season.
There were even pretty funny shirts made.
But on Thursday night, after the Penguins downed the New York Rangers, 5-4, in overtime at MSG, the loss wasn’t the main topic immediately afterward, it was Sean Avery’s mimicking of Talbot’s feminine panic swings that had New York fans chuckling.
With an Olympic gold medal and enormous four-point game against Tampa Bay in his rear-view mirror, Flyers’ captain Mike Richards is likely not concerned with facing Florida Panthers forward David Booth for the first time since knocking him out with a snot-bubble hit on Oct. 24.
However, the same can’t be said for Booth, who has played just eight games since returning from a serious concussion caused by the impact.
“We’ve got to get two points, that’s the bottom line,” Booth told the Sun Sentinal’s Steve Gorten, about facing the Flyers at home on Wednesday. “But it’ll be an interesting game, sure.”