So the Flyers decided to resign goaltender Michael Leighton, for $3.1M over 2 years. If they’re making him a back-up, then that’s fine. But if they expect him to start, then I’m not happy about it. The only stretch of hockey that he looked solid was the Boston series and the Montreal series. He was horrible in the finals, and during the regular season his numbers are a lot better than he actually looked. Could he be a really late bloomer that finally emerges as an excellent goalie? I doubt it. The way things look now, I’m not too happy.
Brian Boucher is still under contract as well, making this an interesting situation. The Flyers are still rumored to be sifting through the free agent pile. If so, they’re probably looking for a real starter. I love Boosh, and I think he’s better than Leighton, but I guess the Flyers see it differently. So if we get another goalie, it’s bye-bye Boucher. Admittedly, he’s not the answer to our problems, and he was very inconsistent all season long. Still, I would have rather kept him around as a backup. Just not to Leighton.
The Dallas Stars have decided that Mike Modano is no longer in their plans. He’s not retiring, which makes him a free agent. From what I’ve read, he wants to be in a familiar system. I guess that puts the ‘Yotes and coach Dave Tippett in the lead. Modano isn’t the same great player, and of course is waaay past his prime. But maybe he still has something to offer. He won 50.4% of his face-offs last season, and if he can still skate, maybe we can find a defensive role for him. He’s a big guy, with tons of experience, and leadership qualities. For the right price, I wouldn’t mind taking a shot at him.
Finally, Rod Brind’Amour has decided to retire. Carolina doesn’t want him on the ice anymore, and he can’t see himself playing anywhere else. He’s well known for being a workout maniac (2 hour post-game bike rides!), team player, excellent face-off man, and of course, the crookedest nose in the world. It’s been 10 years since we traded him away for Keith Primeau. He’s been gone, but not forgotten by the Flyers faithful. We were all happy for him when he won a Cup, and people still reminisce about his days in the Orange and Black. Congrats on a great career Rod.
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