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Flyers waive Boucher, Lilja

Jan 16, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

Brian Boucher AP

The Flyers have waived recently acquired goaltender Brian Boucher as well as veteran defenseman Andreas Lilja.

Per, here’s why:

The move gives the team the option to send either player to the Adirondack Phantoms – something general manager Paul Holmgren said was in the plans for Boucher earlier this week. The Flyers acquired Boucher in a trade with the Carolina Hurricanes Sunday, in exchange for minor-leaguer Luke Pither.

Unlike Boucher, Lilja has participated in training camp since it opened Sunday morning. Whether he’ll start the season in the NHL or AHL is up in the air, likely pending the health of Andrej Meszaros, who tore his Achilles tendon over the summer. If Meszaros is healthy enough to start the season, Lilja will most likely head straight to Glens Falls.

With Lilja, the Flyers have eight defensemen. They will carry seven on their roster once the season starts.

Boucher’s expected demotion leaves Philadelphia with a goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Michael Leighton, the latter of which won’t leave Flyers fans feeling very comfortable should the former falter.

  1. rich859 - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    I’m not sure Flyers fans will be comfortable with either Bryz or Leighton in goal.

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

      Is it bad that I’m holding onto bryz having half decent numbers in Russia? lol

  2. nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 16, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    alright pens and flyers fans i wanna see a clean fight here. no low blows. not rabbit punches. not shots to the kidneys. NOW SHAKE HANDS AND GO TO YOUR CORNERS AND WAIT FOR THE BELL!…DING DING!!!

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:15 PM

      Well – regardless of how well Bryz plays this year I stumbled across this on the internet earlier today… pretty sick:


    • ibieiniid - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

      eh, sometimes the dirty stuff makes flyers/pens games even better.

  3. orangeandblack67 - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:08 PM

    Nicely put nacho (lol). Over the last 25 PHT posts only 3 received 20 comments or more ( less than 30). The last two Flyers posts had nearly 120. Half of which were from penguin fans. Goes to show that this is the best modern day rivalry in hockey. GO FLYERS !!!

  4. jaredphi - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    I think Bryz will be better this year than last. There are several reasons I think this will occur:

    – shortened season with more frequent games (Bryz himself has said he prefers a schedule like this with lots of work back-to-back in a shortened timeframe. He appears to be a GT that feels most comfortable playing loads of games back-to-back)

    – Bryz’s most recent performance (he was excellent in his last 5 or 6 games in the KHL, posting good stats)

    – slightly improved D (the pickups of Schenn, Gervais and Foster should help out somewhat…and the impending return of Meszaros and is great as well…Timmonen is also – for now at least – rested and more healthy)

    – Bryz has more confidence (after a year in Philly, he seems to have a better idea of how we play the game here as well as what to expect from the media and what’s expected from him as well)

    Of course, I could be wrong about all this….but I have a strong feeling he’s going to be better this year.

    • jaredphi - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:17 PM

      Of course, if he doesn’t play well, we’ll need to look for alternatives.

      I agree with those that have said pursuing Bernier (LAK) is a good idea.

      I like getting Bernier as our GT much better than making a trade for Luongo (VAN).

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        I agree with that but what is bernier going to cost?

    • adlent - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:19 PM

      I hate the Flyers, but also feel Bryz will be better. That team wasn’t very defensively sound last year and exposed him a lot. If they can play better defense — shockingly — his numbers will improve.

  5. 950003cups - Jan 16, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Bryz can’t possibly be worse than last year. So, yes, I agree he should be better. I mean, the guy scored the game winning goal on himself in a series ending game!!!!

  6. trbowman - Jan 16, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Which he will. Sievegalov is one of the worst starting netminders in the league.

  7. kingjoe1 - Jan 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    Yea called this the day they made the trade. The dman Alt was the real value.

  8. xflyersx - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Only a little more time to wait for the first Giroux backdoor one-timer top cheese of the year

  9. xflyersx - Jan 17, 2013 at 10:43 AM


  10. matthewmacisaac - Jan 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Thank god they aren’t keeping Boosh up with the big club. He is way too streaky and his cold streaks way outnumber his hot streaks. He is a great teammate and a nice guy, but we all know where nice guys finish. I have no idea why they didn’t snag Ellis for this role. He’s way better than Boosh at this (or any other) point in their careers. If Boosh didn’t get hurt the Flyers never would have made it past Boston and gone to the finals.

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