So with the injury to Leighton knocking him out for 8-10 weeks, Brian Boucher becomes the Flyers starting goalie. Jeremy Duchesne (who?) has been called up to serve as the backup. Now things will get really interesting. Boucher took the Flyers on a Cinderella run to the Eastern Conference Finals 10 years ago, where they blew a 3-1 series lead to the Devils. Since then, he has played starter and backup in short stints throughout the league. A once promising prospect with a great rookie year turned into a serviceable journeyman. Here is his ultimate chance at redemption, and a great chance to re-establish himself. Emery’s injury might prevent him from playing again, and I don’t think we have any great prospects waiting in the wings. So Boucher now has a few regular season games, and hopefully a lot more in the playoffs, to finish what he began. It’s been too long since he fell out of favor for me to remember what went wrong during the first go-around. I do remember that when he played in Phoenix, he had a ridiculous shut-out streak. He’s athletic and smart enough to perform well in this league, he just needs to keep it all together. I don’t think he’s good enough to steal games or win rounds, but with enough team defense I think he can help us get pretty far. Unfortunately, the team defense has looked like shit lately. Boucher looked good in spot duty after Leighton got hurt in the last game, and he makes the start tonight in Big D. Now, just like Leighton a few months ago, he comes into the game knowing that he’s the guy. It’s a different mental approach, but he’s old enough to handle it an understand the gravity of the situation. With such an unproven backup, he can expect to play pretty much evry game left on the schedule. Personally, I like him because of what he did in the past, and his personality. I think he got shafted when Leighton got the starting nod, and I’m glad he’s got this chance now.
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