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We have a trade to announce: Philly acquires Brian Boucher from Carolina

Jan 13, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

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Flyers fans can dig out their Brian Boucher jerseys one more time.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the Flyers have acquired Boucher and prospect Mark Alt from Carolina in exchange for minor league forward Luke Pither.

Boucher saw his season ended last year with a brutal groin injury which required surgery. There he played in just 10 games as Cam Ward‘s backup before being injured. He struggled putting up just a .881 save percentage and a 3.41 goals against average.

Now he’s headed back to Philadelphia for the third time in his career to compete for the backup job behind Ilya Bryzgalov with Michael Leighton. Oddly enough, those two were the goalies for the Flyers during their run to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010.

Meanwhile in Carolina, this clears up the backup picture immensely as it appears the job belongs to Dan Ellis as he and Ward are now the only two goalies left on their training camp roster.

  1. somekat - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM


    Not a world beater by any means. But I’ll take him over Leighton every day of the week

  2. johnstone17 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:19 AM


    • zetaone - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:10 PM

      I hope he plays Sunday against my Sabres. We always were able to chase him from the net and make him break his own stick on the crossbar lol.

  3. elemeno89 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    third times the charm eh?

    • blackholeson21 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      I thought he had a season with the Phantoms also. So technically fourth time which has to be some kind of record. I love Boosh, and you never know what your going to get with Bryz. After trading Boucher to the Hotels for Handzus and Esche he had a streak of shut outs of five or six games. Maybe with three streaky goalies at least one will be on a hot streak come playoff time.

      • blackholeson21 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:23 AM

        Coyotes not Hotels

  4. hallsy86 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

    What happened to Peters?

  5. broadstbully33 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    2010 all over again

  6. bricktop02 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:35 AM

    Bring beezer back.

  7. jaybyrd99 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    When’s Dominic Rousell coming back ?

  8. kingjoe1 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Interesting that the Flyers got Boucher and Alt. Alt is potential 3rd/4th defensman with a big body. He had great athletic pedigree and will hit is prime at about 25/26. Pither has talent, but really is a guy without a line. He is quick, but doesnt have great scoring touch and he lacks the stones to hit in the corners. This looks more like Panthers saving money and giving Alt up to make up for it.

    • somekat - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:11 AM


      If the Panters got something out of this deal, they should launch some sort of investigation

  9. mclovinhockey - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    Great trade!!!

    And 4 th time is the charm you mean haha

  10. mancave001 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Love it.

  11. barkar942 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    THIS JUST IN……………
    Ron Hextall has signed on with the Flyers to replace the to-be-bought-out Bryz in June!
    FILM AT 11!

  12. capitals13 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:16 PM

    Goalie Carousel 2.0?

    • letsgopens8771 - Jan 14, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Yep, looks like it. Continuing the flyers tradition: Good offense, strong defense (unless worn out by teams like my Penguins and the Devils) and mediocre-subpar goaltending!

  13. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    More interested in Mr. Alt. I wonder if he has the ability to make it to Broad and Patterson in the near future. At least this adds to the Phantoms’ defensive depth. Booooooooosh.

  14. matthewmacisaac - Jan 13, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    WHY? Boosh was a shot goalie when they let him go so I can’t see him coming back, unless he’s going to work with the broadcast crew. He’s a hell of a nice guy but we know where they finish. Leighton is a better back-up option at this point in time. As far as Alt for Pither, that sounds like a decent trade. I just hope the can cut boosh or he can retire without a cap hit. If there is no cap hit, I’m fine with Boosh coming back to retire as a Flyer (who wouldn’t want to be able to do that?).

  15. hawkeyplayer - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM


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