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.”
Despite just seeing 14 total shots, Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery feels like his conditioning stint with the Adirondack Phantoms was a success.
“I felt alright,” Emery told the Adirondack media. “It’s different coming down not knowing the guys you’re playing against and I haven’t played a game in over a month. It was different, but it felt alright.
”The team almost played too good. I didn’t have much action, just some little kind of spurts there. I accomplished kind of what I wanted to do, just wish the team could have won.”
After spending over a month on the sidelines recovering from abdomen surgery, Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery hinted at making an early return between the pipes tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. But it wasn’t until early Saturday morning, nine hours before the game, that the Flyers delayed the comeback attempt.
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.
After stating before Monday’s contest against Montreal that goaltender Ray Emery has “some nagging injuries, but is fit to play,” the Flyers have placed Emery on injured reserved with an abdomen injury. Brian Boucher is set to make back-to-back starts for the second time this season. Emery will need surgery to repair the tear and will miss six weeks.
Emery, who was thought to be held out of the game in Montreal to gain confidence against a weaker Islanders team, was abruptly placed on the IRwithout any media notification. General manager Paul Holmgren will address the situation prior to the tonight’s game.
An injury could explain why Emery has hit a wall this season. After beginning the year with a respectable record and a goals against average of just over 2.00, Emery has dropped four of his last five starts.
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.
Before the start of the season, it was leaked that Flyers’ goalie Ray Emery would sport a special mask for the Winter Classic game against the Boston Bruins at Fenway Park on New Year’s Day. The mask will feature the goalies of Flyers past, Ron Hextall, Bernie Parent and Pelle Lindbergh.
But as it seems, that might not be the only new equipment Emery will wear. Seen in practice wearing classic brown equipment, Emery appeared to be breaking in the new-old duds not seen since Parent and Lindbergh.
No new equipment, other than the mask, has been confirmed. But that brown seems to be a bit too “classic” to be anything other.
Tonight at the Wachovia Center, two of the Eastern Conference’s hottest teams meet in an early-season heavyweight match up. The Washington Capitals and the home-coming Flyers are 2-0 on the season, both smiting the early opposition in convincing fashion, putting the out-of-division rivals on a collision course.
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.
In tonight’s preseason debut at the Wachovia Center against the Detroit Red Wings, the Flyers have slimmed down their roster and will be presenting a squad that will look very similar to the one on opening day.
For the first time all preseason, the team will stack its defense with its top-two pairings, partnering Kimmo Timonen with Braydon Coburn and Chris Pronger and Matt Carle.
Simon Gagne will also be making his preseason debut and a groin tweak slowed down his participation in training camp. The longest tenured Flyer will play on a line with Mike Richards and James van Riemsdyk.
Goaltender Ray Emery is expected to play the entire game.
Projected line combos
Simon Gagne – Mike Richards – James van Riemsdyk
Scott Hartnell – Jeff Carter – Danny Briere
Lukas Kaspar – Claude Giroux – Mika Pyorala
Dan Carcillo – Darroll Powe – Jason Ward
Kimmo Timonen – Braydon Coburn
Chris Pronger – Matt Carle
Ryan Parent – Danny Syvret
Ray Emery – Brian Boucher