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Checking in on the Flyers’ goalie search

Jul 4, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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With Steve Mason their only NHL-tested netminder under contract for next season, the Philadelphia Flyers have been busy trying to address their goaltending situation ahead of tomorrow’s official start to free agency.

The list of potential candidates isn’t a particularly long one, though there are some intriguing names to be sure.

First things first — according to CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio, the club is “out” on Tim Thomas.

There is, however, interest in pending unrestricted free agent Ray Emery, who went a remarkable 17-1-0 (.922 save percentage) with the Blackhawks during the regular season before watching Corey Crawford help the team win the Stanley Cup.

Emery hasn’t been a full-time starter in the NHL since undergoing surgery for avascular necrosis in 2010, but according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the 30-year-old is likely moving on from Chicago to compete for a starting job elsewhere.

LeBrun believes Philadelphia is the front-runner to land Emery, who already knows the market well, seeing as he started 29 games for the Flyers in 2009-10.

Another candidate is Jaroslav Halak in St. Louis. The Flyers tell Panaccio a trade for the 28-year-old is possible.

Halak has just one year remaining on his contract, with a cap hit of $3.75 million, before he can become unrestricted. And remember, the Blues also have veteran Brian Elliott under contract for next season, while promising Jake Allen is a restricted free agent and should end up re-signing.

UFAs Evgeni Nabokov and Johan Hedberg are two more names that have been mentioned in Flyers-related rumors, though their respective ages, 37 and 40, may give Philly general manager Paul Holmgren reason to hesitate.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    Hey! Just heard a rumour that Briere has accepted a 2 year contract. Missed the team. Any truth to this?

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:28 PM

      Montreal. 2 years/ 8 Million.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        Hahahaha. Thanks. Another French Canadian returs to Montreal when nobody else want them. And the Habs are like the street corner hooker.

  2. phillyhockey - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    I wish they would stop mentioning Hedberg/Nabokov in any goalie related scenario for the Flyers

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      Mason aint the answer that’s for sure

  3. philly4lyfe - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    keepin my fingers crossed for halak.

  4. valarmorghuliss - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    Emery has a bad case of gingivitis

  5. hockeyfan28 - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:39 PM

    Considering Timmy P has about as much credibility with flyer fans as that Baghdad Bob guy did during the Iraq War after his Dry Island Richards and Carter stories I take anything this guy says with a grain of salt

    • phillyhockey - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:50 PM

      Yea he’s a joke, it’s shocking he still has a job with some of the articles he’s published in the past

  6. crazemastercraze - Jul 4, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    Flyers will end up signing all goalies mentioned in this article, eight years each at a minimum $5.3 million annually.

  7. bullwinkle88 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    There’s still room for Miller…all it will cost is Couturier.

  8. ericcoyle15 - Jul 4, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    i think they should most definitely go after halak and in the mean time try and get alex pietrangelo in that deal as well i would give them coburn and a first rounder and maybe a prospect if they want it (depending on who it is of course) so then they kill two birds with one stone a goalie to go along with mason and a very good young d-man in the process

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      Getting Pietrangelo would cost a hell of a lot more than Coburn, a prospect, and a 1st. The Blues have said they would match any offer sheet to Pietrangelo, and that offer would probably be close to Weber money (less term obviously). Which means they would turn down four 1st rd picks for him. And to include Halak in the deal there would have to be even more value. I’d love to add Halak, but getting Pietrangelo would cost some combination of Couturier, Schenn, Morin, Laughton, and/or some high picks. Just not plausible.

      • ericcoyle15 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:44 PM

        i totally see your point, but i get the notion that st. louis is almost neglecting pietrangelo they have resigned almost all of their d-men except for him…..leopold, shattenkirk, they even resigned berglund… they are running out of money to give him lol

  9. mrpinkca - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    “may give Philly general manager Paul Holmgren reason to hesitate.”

    I don’t think anything has ever given Paul Holmgren reason to hesitate about anything.

  10. slysipops - Jul 4, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    hey flyer fans, last i heard DIPETRO was available !

  11. blackhawks2010 - Jul 4, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    Why is Emery shown on this article? He’s about to sign with Chicago, again.

    • comeonnowguys - Jul 5, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Dreger just said he expects a 1 year Prove It contract with Philly.

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  13. chrisk61 - Jul 5, 2013 at 12:08 AM


    it is DIPIETRO. you forgot an I. it diminishes your dig when you spell the name wrong, sparky.

  14. aldog83 - Jul 5, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Flyers should sign Hasek!

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