The Flyers re-acquired goaltender Brian Boucher from the Hurricanes last week but they have now put him on waivers, along with defenseman Andreas Lilja. They set their rosters yesterday for today’s season open game and had to make room for defenseman Andrej Meszaros who is coming off an Achilles injury.
The NHL is putting a lot of players on waivers right now due to the buyout option in the new CBA, but neither Boosh or Lilja were put on waivers due to this. GM Paul Holmgren specifically put them on waivers in order to put them down into the minors. They both cleared earlier this week and have been sent down to the Adirondack Phantoms in Glen Falls, NY.
Right now Meszaros is set to play and Holmgren is confident that his injury is healed, but if he is injured again most likely Lilja will be recalled to the Flyers. It’s less likely that Boosh will be called up, as he was acquired as an insurance policy for the goal tending situation between Michael Leighton and Ilya Bryzgalov.
The Flyers open their season today at 3 pm at the Wells Fargo Center as they take on their most heated rivals, the Pittsburgh Penguins. Let’s go Flyers! Beat the Pens!