Ilya Bryzgalov was meant to be the savoir of Flyers' goaltending after more than a decade of frivolity in net for Philadelphia.
Unfortunately, the humongous big pressure of playing in a real hockey market has gotten to the 31-year-old. Either that, or Bryzgalov is just having the most disappointing season of his career at the worst possible time.
The Flyers do not have stability in net at this point. Neither Bryzgalov or backup Sergei Bobrovsky are consistently reliable.
Also, in case of injury, the Flyers do not have a go-to third string goalie. If AHL starter Michael Leighton is to be called up, he must clear waivers first. There is a good chance someone could take the experienced netminder as a backup.
Leighton has performed under a variety of circumstances for many different teams, and has faced the pressure of a Stanley Cup Finals series. That alone is enough of a reason for a team to pick him up on waivers.
The New York Islanders currently have three goalies at the NHL level: Rick DiPietro, Al Montoya and Evgeni Nabokov.
The team is sure to miss the playoffs, it is unlikely they will re-sign Nabokov, an upcoming free agent. The team would do well to trade him for appropriate draft picks.
However, according to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Paul Holmgren "has no plans of going after a veteran goalie or recalling Leighton."
Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that the Islanders are in ongoing contract talks with Nabokov, but "resolution is not imminent."
If New York re-signs Nabokov, it is unlikely he'll be traded.
Wednesday 2/22 1:00 PM ET
From Eklund of HockeyBuzz.com: "It sounds more and more like Toronto and Philly are looking at getting a third goalie while maybe moving 1."
Nothing too specific from Eklund (essentially, the king of NHL speculation), but the idea is still being discussed that Philadelphia wants another goalie.
Wednesday 2/22 4:00 PM ET
Sam Carchidi of Philadelphia Inquirer replies "No" when asked if there is any truth to the Flyers being close to getting Nabokov.
The question was, however, if the Flyers were close.
Thursday 2/23 2:30 PM ET
Darren Dreger of TSN says Islanders will continue to work on contract with Nabokov today.
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Chicago's top AHL goalie Carter Hutton is on waivers.
Hutton is Rockford's top goalie, with .902 save percentage and 2.93 goals-against average this year. Comparably, Michael Leighton has .908 save percentage and 2.84 goals-against average with Flyers' AHL Phantoms.
Hutton made NHL debut with Philadelphia as emergency call-up in 2009-10 season, and played four games with Phantoms that season on tryout contract.
With a $600k cap hit, the 27-year-old Hutton could be low-risk option as third string goalie if Flyers wish to have that option instead of attempting to call up Leighton, who would have to clear waivers and carries a $1.55 million cap hit. Flyers only have $1.07 million in cap space according to CapGeek.com.
Friday 2/24 2:30 PM ET
Bob McKenzie of TSN reports than Chicago goalie Carter Hutton cleared waivers.