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Brian Boucher: The Man

Michael Leighton posted a record of 1-0-0 this season. But he looked like shit while compiling this undefeated record, and thus was finally waived by the Flyers. Given the fact that Boucher has played out of his mind since early December, and Bobrovskyhas come down to Earth, this is clearly Boosh’s team.

Both goalies can now stop worrying about being replaced, and can focus on just stopping pucks. Right? Maybe not.  Maybe having Leighton around pushed the other guys to play better. I’ve always loved Boucher, but I’m never going to argue and say he’s a top notch goalie.  There’s a reason that he’s never established himself as a starter anywhere in the league. There’s a reason he’s never started more than 40 games, or never crossed the 20 win mark. He always has flashes of brilliance, followed by periods of mediocrity. That’s why he wasn’t the starter on opening night.

Still, we knew we wouldn’t have the best goaltending heading into this season.  So there’s no reason to panic, or bitch about it. We’ve gotten more than we expected out of both guys in net, or else we wouldn’t be battling for the top spot in the league. We still haven’t don’t know enough about Bob to tell how he’ll be down the stretch. Maybe there is a reason that the Flyers’ brass wanted to wait a season before pushing him up to the NHL.  Of course, they had no alternative and had to move him up. Maybe he just wasn’t ready. He was winning a lot, , posting huge saves, but maybe wore down a bit. I’m sure we haven’t seen the last of him.  I don’t think Laviolette is set on either guy being his starter for the rest of the year.  He’s just riding the hot hand right now.

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