It has been confirmed that Chicago forward Andrew Ladd will miss game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals due to an upper body injury suffered at the end of the Wester Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks.
“Laddy is not playing,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville told the media. “We do expect him to play (in the series). He’s progressing well but Kopy (Tomas Kopecky) is in tonight.”
Out with a sports hernia that was expected to take six weeks to heal, Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery is healthy and ready to play, a surprising 11 days early. Emery is expected to make his return on Saturday, against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Maybe it’s the fact that Flyers’ starting goaltender Ray Emery is 1-4 in his last five starts or just a gut feeling from coach John Stevens, but reserve goalie Brian Boucher is set to make back-to-back starts for the first time this season.
After a four-day rest, coming off a respectable showing between the pipes in a 1-0 loss to Atlanta, Boucher will make his fifth start of the season versus Vancouver on Thursday with Emery likely getting the call on Saturday against Washington. Boucher is 2-6-1 lifetime against the Canucks.
Recovering from a shaky start to the season, Boucher has rebounded with two wins in his last three starts, lowering his GAA to an impressive 2.01.
Flyers’ backup goaltender Brian Boucher returned to the lineup on Monday after being forced to take a short stint on the IR due to a groin tweak suffered in the preseason. Goalie Johan Backlund was returned to the Phantoms.
Defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen will also return to the lineup, but will remain inactive for Tuesday’s home opener. Rookie defenseman MA Bourdon was returned to the Phantoms.
Despite Boucher’s return, the Flyers plan on starting Emery for the next three contests, Tuesday against Washington, Thursday against Pittsburgh and Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.
According to The Fourth Period, the Flyers (as expected) have made a deal with backup goalie Brian Boucher for two years, $1.8 million.
Former first round pick by the Flyers in 1995, Boucher played three seasons with the orange and black before becoming a journeyman backup. The 32-year old Rhode Island native played a vital role with San Jose last season, filling in nicely for an injured Evgeni Nabokov. He has a career 2.71 GAA and .900% save percentage.
It won’t be the most glamorous of signings on July 1, the first day of free agency, but it will be big one for the Flyers, who are sure to ink their backup goaltender for the 2009-10 season.
Typically, the backup position is a remedial selection that has little significance toward the upcoming season. But with the acquisition of unpredictable Ray Emery, the backup role for the Philadelphia Flyers is suddenly worth taking a careful look at it.