The 10 Goalies Most Likely to Be on the Philadelphia Flyers in 2009-10
The two goalies currently listed on the Flyers' roster are both unrestricted free agents. There is much speculation of who the Flyers' goalies will be next year.
The next 10 slides will provide a look at who the Flyers could sign/trade for. More than likely it will be a combination of two of these players.
As of know the only thing we know is that Antero Nittymaki will not be back?
10.) Ty Conklin
He has been in the NHL and has played for four teams. He was with Columbus, dealt to Buffalo, signed with Pittsburgh and followed Marian Hossa to Detroit from Pittsburgh in three years.
He has been a backup his whole life, but has played 77 NHL games while filling in for Chris Osgood and Marc-Andre Fleury. If signed he would battle for the starting job or become the backup and play around 30 games.
Not bad for a Flyers' goalie when the starter is overplayed and blows up in the playoffs.
9.) Roberto Luongo
He is one of the best known and most established goalies in the NHL but probably will not play for the Flyers next year. He makes $7.5 million next year, and this will be impossible for the Flyers unless they trade a package to Vancouver.
If it includes Danny Briere I'll be happy. Vancouver wants a combination of Danny Briere, Joffrey Lupul, James van Riemsdyk and draft picks. Vancouver has a very possible replacement in Cory Schneider. The Canucks need money though to resign the Sedin twins, and Briere could be the perfect center.
The Flyers also would solve the salary cap mystery and get one of the best goalies in the game at the same time. If it happens it could be the greatest trade in Flyers history.
I'm praying for Luongo and the next goalie in the slideshow to be the tandem next year.
8.) Craig Anderson
A very stable backup in Florida and will probably make around $1 million next year, which is very good considering Niitymaki made $1.5 million last year.
If the Flyers outbid the Panthers and acquire another goaltender it will be interesting who would be the starter next year.
If the hockey gods were with the Flyers, Anderson would become the next backup to transform into an amazing starter in a year. The best part is that he is seven years younger than Thomas.
I could easily see him splitting the duties with the next goalie in the slideshow.
7.) Nikolai Khabibulin
He killed the Flyers in his career year in 2003-04 in the Eastern Conference Finals. Will he save the Flyers? Maybe, maybe not. Will the Flyers talk to him. Probably.
After signing Huet to a long-term deal, it seems so improbabale for the Blackhawks to keep both goalies. The one big problem is his $6.75 million contract.
Although there is no possible way he'll be able to demand this much on his new contract, he'll still probably make more or about the same as $4.875 million, which is Biron's and Nittymaki's contacts combined last year.
Look to see Los Angeles sign him with all of their cap space.
6.) Joey McDonald or Yann Danis
The caption above describes how either of these two goalies will fit into the Flyers organization. Backup/Stick hander-outer. The doomed New York Islanders have three goalies: Rick DiPietro, Joey MacDonald, and Yann Danis. Two of these goalies will be on the Islanders next year.
The question is which one will not.
Joey MacDonald played 49 games in 2008-09 and Yann Danis was his backup when DiPietro was injured. DiPietro will be an Islander and either of these two can be a Flyer next year.
It is almost a toss-up to who will be let go by the Islanders. They both have almost the same age, contract and GAA.
The Flyers would sign either as a backup, but my next pick is an even better backup.
5.) Scott Clemensen
He was the Devils' goalie last year when Martin Brodeur was injured and when Kevin Weekes was deemed unreliable (for a lack of a better word). What team he will play for next year is also in question.
When Brodeur returned to the lineup, he was sent to the minors, because of Weekes' NHL contact and his AHL contract. Many people and the Devils' front office though think that he belongs in the NHL and that he should have replaced Weekes full-time.
The Flyers could sign him for about a million but the only problem is the Devils will probably not resign Weekes and try to resign Clemmensen.
He could also battle for the starter job, but is probably not to that level yet. The one hope for the Flyers is the Devils' backup goaltender receives the same amount of playing time as the Sahara Desert receives rain.
He is also probably the best choice for backup considering NHL playing time, experience and salary.
4.) Johan Backlund
Getty Images didn't even have his picture. He is very unknown outside of Flyers' inner circles. He'll probably remain that way until the Flyers make a surprise move and make him the backup for next year I hope.
He could even battle it out for the starter job. He has played in Sweden since 1999 and is 28 years old. He could become the next Roman Čechmánek and break out of Europe and become the surprise goalie for the Flyers.
I could definitely see him as the backup next year and eventually start. Let's just hope he doesn't wind up the way Čechmánek did.
3.) Ray Emery
The former AHL superstar, NHL breakout and Stanley Cup Finals Goalie. This current NHL fallout, KHL hated goalie and Jean Therien's personal enemy No. 1 just might become the next Flyers goalie.
The position seems to be a rotating-door and Emery but be its next victim, or he could become the resurrected NHL superstar (again) move that puts Holmgren on the elite Gm's list.
Only God knows what will happen in this saga, but if the Flyers signed him he would be the most athletic player on the team.
Personally I would like to see him signed, because he will come cheap and he has a Hextall personality on the ice which the Flyers need if they don't sign a defenseman lwith those features.
If you're a Flyers fan just think how great it would be to see Sidney Crosby's head separated from his body and Emery laughing beside him.
2.) Jean-Sébastien Giguère
With the emergence of Jonas Hiller in Anaheim it seems the former Stanley Cup winner is on his way out the door. The next question I propose is what door will be next. The one difference is he still has two more years left on his contract.
In the perfect situation the Flyers would acquire him and Chris Pronger in a package where they could unload Briere and possibly Lupul to Anaheim. I did say a perfect world though. Giguere makes $6 million next year and $7 million the year after that, but Briere makes $8 million his next two years.
Will Briere be traded to Anaheim for Giguere? Probably not. For the Flyers they need both a Pronger and a Giguere. The only three Flyers who make as much as these two are Richards, Carter and Briere. I choose Briere.
Look to see a competition for who will give the most picks for Giguere or instant offense like a Lupul.
1.) Martin Biron
Although I don't want to see Biron in the Orange and Black next year, he seems to be the most sensible solution as of NOW (I hope it changes). He wants multiple years on his contract, and the Flyers only want one or maybe two more years.
If he wanted one or two years he would already be resigned. He could use this leverage to look at Edmonton or Los Angeles. I personally would rather see the Flyers sign two backups and let them dual it out and wait a few more years or let the goalies in their system develop more.
Ultimately the Flyers have had two, no one, stable goalie in their history. Bernie Parent and kind of Ron Hextall. Since Hex's last game was more than 10 years ago, the Flyers have never found a goalie for than three years straight.
The Flyers really need to develop a young goalie from the draft than to sign or trade for one considering the salary cap's limitations. No matter who the Flyers backstop is next year I will always cheer LET'S GO FLYERS!