UPDATE: 11:20 AM, Friday
Then Dustin Leed drops this bomb:
UPDATE: 10:15 AM, Friday
It seems that when all is said and done, the Flyers new goaltender will be Ray Emery. Last night, Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reported that Emery will likely not be returning to Chicago and that Philadelphia had become the front-runners:
David Strehle of The Fourth Period also added this:
Bob McKenzie of TSN dropped this nugget:
Finally, the always unreliable but always interesting Rich Smith put out this info:
Emery was stellar last season with Chicago, going 17-1-0 with a 1.94 Goals Against Average.
On Thursday, July 4th fireworks are indeed going off, but where? In the Flyers Front Office. Numerous reports are going out about the Flyers hunt to find a goalie to pair up with Steve Mason. Many goalies have been thrown out into the mix of rumors that the Flyers could potentially acquire. It has been reported by Rich Smith that the Flyers are not interested in spending more than $2.5 million dollars on a goaltender this offseason with the limited cap space that they have available. TSN’s Darren Dreger has reported that the Flyers’ goal is to have a goalie signed by tomorrow at noon.
Earlier today, Tim Pannaccio of CSN Philly has reported that the Flyers are out of the sweepstakes for goaltender Tim Thomas. Thomas was reportedly “intrigued” at the Flyers offer, but I guess another team around the league has apparently out bid the Flyers out of the 39 year old goaltender. However, when asked about Tim Thomas, Flyers fans did not seem too thrilled over the situation, stating that he had some off-ice issues and also saying how he likes to draw attention. Even though it is reported that the Flyers are out, don’t be surprised if Holmgren sneaks out of nowhere and finds his way back into the race.
Despite being out on Tim Thomas, the Flyers are not letting that faze them as they have already picked talks back up with the St. Louis Blues about goaltender Jaroslav Halak. Halak (28), last year splitting time with Brian Elliot before injury, went 6-5-1 last season with the Blues, while having a 2.14 GAA and a .899 Save Percentage. For now, I think the Flyers are better off siging a goaltender rather than trading for one, so they won’t have to suffer by giving up future star Sean Couturier in the process.
Most likely, the Flyers are trying to sign a Unresticted Free Agent goaltender, so they won’t have to give up signifciant pieces such as Sean Couturier, Braydon Coburn or Matt Read. Goalies that the Flyers are most interested in are goaltenders Ray Emery and Evgeni Nabokov. Emery was previously with the Flyers during the 2009-2010 campaign where he posted a 16-11-1 record with a 2.64 GAA and a .905 Save Percentage. Ray Emery did pretty well here in Philadelphia, although he was sidelined most of the season with injuries. CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio and Sports Intel’s Rich Smith are saying that the Flyers are making a strong run at Emery, even though he was close to re-signing with the Blackhawks until the Flyers came in hard.
WILD CARD: If the Flyers run out of options in case they miss out of goaltenders Ray Emery and Evgeni Nabokov, the Flyers have been in recent contact with the agent of 40 year old goaltender Johan Hedberg. This, I don’t think will be necessary although it is possible in case the Flyers strike out on top unrestricted free agent goaltenders.