Philadelphia Flyers Trade for Goalie Brian Boucher, Defenseman Mark Alt

Just hours after the new collective bargaining agreement was ratified, thus allowing NHL teams to resume making transactions, the Philadelphia Flyers wasted no time adding another goaltender.

The Flyers have acquired goalie Brian Boucher and defenseman Mark Alt from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for forward Luke Pither, per hockey insider Bob McKenzie.


Boucher, a 14-year veteran, has played five seasons as a Flyer in two separate stints, going 73-66-12 (this was before the abolishment of ties) in five seasons with a 2.31 Goals Against Average. In all five seasons he’s been with the team they have made the playoffs, and he’s 21-18 as a Flyer in the postseason. This move clearly shows the Flyers’ lack of trust when it comes to Michael Leighton, Ilya Bryzgalov’s other backup, who struggled mightily last year in relief duty.

Alt, a defensive prospect, is currently a junior at the University of Minnesota. He was selected with the 53rd overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft. At 6’5″, 205 pounds, Alt is a big defenseman who has shown great ability at the blue line. Offensively, he isn’t much of a threat, but he certainly can be expected to become a solid defender for the Flyers in a couple of years.

Pither, like Alt, has yet to play a single game in the NHL. Last year, however, in 39 games with the Adirondack Phantoms, he had two goals and 8 assists. In 67 games the previous season, he had 9 goals and 11 assists.


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Categories: Beat Writing, Flyers

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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