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Old 07-01-2009, 04:29 PM
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Flyers Sign Brian Boucher to Multi-Year Deal

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed free agent goaltender Brian Boucher to a multi-year contract, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.

“Obviously Brian’s experience with not only our team but with other teams, he is a good guy to have on our team,” said Holmgren of Boucher. “He is capable. He has played in a lot of NHL games and he also has playoff experience. Brian is a guy who really wanted to come back here.”

“I’m happy to be back in Philly,” said Boucher. “It’s going to be great. I’m grateful to the Flyers, to Paul Holmgren and I love Philadelphia. Playing there and the excitement, there’s nothing like playoff hockey in Philadelphia and hopefully we have the team and pieces to come out of the Eastern Conference and challenge for the Stanley Cup.”

Boucher, 32, posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.18 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and two shutouts in 22 appearances with the San Jose Sharks in 2008-09. He signed as a free agent with the Sharks on Feb. 26, 2008, where he recorded a 3-1-1 mark, 1.76 GAA and .932 save percentage in five contests after beginning the 2007-08 season with the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, and posted a 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 GAA and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.

Over parts of nine seasons in the National Hockey League with the Sharks (2007-08 to 2008-09), Columbus Blue Jackets (2006-07), Chicago Blackhawks (2006-07), Calgary Flames (2005-06), Phoenix Coyotes (2002-03 to 2005-06) and Flyers (1999-2000 to 2001-02), Boucher has compiled a 92-103-37 record, 2.71 GAA and .900 save percentage with 16 shutouts in 247 career regular season appearances. He also has an 11-8 career record in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting a 2.06 GAA and .916 save percentage.

In three seasons with the Flyers (1999-2000 through 2001-02), Boucher posted a 46-38-12 record, 2.45 GAA and seven shutouts in 103 regular season games. He was named to the 2000 NHL All-Rookie Team after winning a career-high 20 games and posting a league-best 1.91 GAA. He was traded by the Flyers, along with Nashville’s third round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, to the Coyotes in exchange for Michal Handzus and Robert Esche on June 12, 2002.

A native of Woonsocket, RI, Boucher was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft. Over parts of five seasons in the AHL (1997-98 through 1999-2000; 2005-06 and 2007-08), Boucher appeared in 119 career regular season games, compiling a 61-39-10 record, 2.66 GAA, .908 save percentage and six shutouts. In four seasons with the Phantoms (1997-98 through 1999-2000 and 2007-08), Boucher registered a 59-36-10 record, 2.73 GAA and six shutouts in 113 games, including a 9-7 mark and 2.82 GAA in 18 Calder Cup Playoff games. He was a member of the Phantoms’ 1998 Calder Cup Championship Team.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:32 PM
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ahahahahahah, oh my dear Lord.

Obviously the backup, but this organization and their goaltending scouting is the joke of the league.
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turning back the clock to bring back one of their former netminders?

i remember when they traded this guy to Phoenix for what i believe was Robert Esche, which the Flyers were also trying to bring back were they not?
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What team was boucher with?
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:38 PM
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What team was boucher with?
San Jose.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:41 PM
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I like the deal, probaly quite cheap and he has done well filling in with San Jose when needed. Not as much as I would like a legit top goalie in a Flyer uniform but I doubt I'll see that in my life time.
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What are the odds of him taking over for Emery half way through?

We signed two backups this offseason and not one starter. Good ol Flyers.
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Old 07-01-2009, 04:58 PM
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What are the odds of him taking over for Emery half way through?

We signed two backups this offseason and not one starter. Good ol Flyers.
emery can be a legit number one if he pans out, the main need is defense. teams can win with an average goalie, look at detroit
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:02 PM
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emery can be a legit number one if he pans out, the main need is defense. teams can win with an average goalie, look at detroit
yeh, but look at their defense at the time.

This year is a big gamble between the pipes, I guess I can't say I didn't see it coming.

Justgotta keep your fingers crossed.
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yeh, but look at their defense at the time.

This year is a big gamble between the pipes, I guess I can't say I didn't see it coming.

Justgotta keep your fingers crossed.
lets say emery does work out, hell what if hes the same as biron , as long as the defense around him is better and they clear the crease better then he would be more comfortable
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Old 07-01-2009, 05:13 PM
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still.


brian boucher...


thats who we came up with?
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brian boucher...


thats who we came up with?
I guess they lost Roman Checkmanek's phone number?
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I guess they lost Roman Checkmanek's phone number?
were like 3 mil under cap we honestly cant do sh!t.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:04 PM
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Jeez. I guess they're hoping he can rekindle some of the magic from when he broke in with the Flyers. Or when he set the shutout record in Phoenix.

Boucher would be a decent signing as a backup if you have a legitimate starting goaltender. Ray Emery is not that right now. Even if you make the case that he has the talent, he has yet to show the consistency to earn that confidence. The Flyers look so good after the acquiring of Pronger, as long as you don't look at whoever's between the pipes.
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Old 07-01-2009, 06:05 PM
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Are you guys retarded? You are bitching about Boucher as a backup. Do you even follow hockey? Look at his ****ing numbers from the past 2 seasons:

2007Ė08 San Jose Sharks NHL 5 3 1 1 238 7 1 1.76 .932
2008Ė09 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 12 6 3 1,291 47 2 2.18 .917

That's as solid of a backup as you are going to find right now.
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