Roster Controversy? In Philly? No, really?

Kolb or Vick? Vick or Kolb? Looks like we have a QB controversy in Philadelphia. Oops, wrong sport. This is a Flyers blog. Believe it or not, there might be a goalie controversy brewing in town as training camp draws closer. Unheard of, unimaginable, right? We didn’t get any new goalies in the offseason, so where can this be coming from? Internally, of course.  Tim Panaccio had an article about Backlund, and also a general Flyers chat in the last week where he mentioned some possible battles for the top goalie spot. I say, BRING IT ON!

Sure, I thought the job belonged to Leighton. He was the one Lavy seemed to trust the most. We brought in defensemen to cover up for him.  There was no word, no signs, nothing to indicate otherwise. But now, I have reason to hope, thanks to Panaccio’s reporting.  Training camp will determine whether our number one guy is Michael Leighton, Johan Backlund, or Sergie Bobrovsky. Bobrovsky is our goalie of the future, and was supposed to compete for the job next year. Apparently, he might be the man this year. Backlund was injured last year, and if healthy, might also be good enough to take the job this season. So who do we cheer for? Well, unless Bobrovsky definitely wins the starting job, I’m pulling for Backlund to start, and Leighton/other to serve as the backup.

I don’t want Leighton between the pipes for us anymore as a starter, I’m 100% sure of that.  I don’t care how much defense you surround him with, he can still give up some weak goals. He’s predictable, and too unstable for me.  If our defense is really going to be that good, then have someone else backstopping them.  The only reason I’m not too sure about Backlund is because he’s 31; what took so long for him to get going here? And if Bobrovsky isn’t the starter, I don’t want him riding the bench. Let him play in the AHL, keep himself fresh. Maybe he gets called up this season, maybe he gets the job next year.  Whatever the case, let’s not waste him like we’ve wasted other prospects.

Maxime Ouellet, Jean-Marc Pelletier, Brian Boucher and Antero Niittymaki all were supposed to be the “goalies of the future” for us.  None of them lived up to expectations, maybe it wasn’t their fault.  Let’s not rush and ruin Bobrovsky.  Then again, if he’s very good, now is the perfect time.  The team is built to win right now. How much longer will Pronger and Timonen last? What if we have to get rid of Carter? Next year is too far away, with too many question marks. I guess once training camp starts in a few days, we’ll learn a few things.


  • Rookie camp started today. Would be nice for a stud defenseman to emerge. I’ll wait a few days until a few reports come out with any interesting news.
  • Tickets went on sale last week: anyone want to donate?
  • With the Phillies playing well, and the Eagles underway, the Flyers aren’t getting much coverage in town. I guess it’s not a bad thing to get started out a bit under the radar while the other teams sort things out.

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