Brian Boucher Comes Back To The Flyers

Patrick QuarryContributor IJuly 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 22:  Brian Boucher #33 of the San Jose Sharks tends net in warmups prior to the game against the Philadelphia Flyers on October 22, 2008 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brian Boucher, the former rookie sensation for the Flyers, has agreed to play for the orange and black for the third time in his career.

Information was leaked two days before the signing, and it has been confirmed on the first day of free agency.

He reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $1.8 million dollars according to CSNPhilly.com.

He was drafted in the first round of the 1995 NHL Draft. He most notably anchored the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2000 eventually losing to the Devils in seven games.

In 2002 he was dealt to the Phoenix Coyotes for Robert Esche and Michael Handzus.

He then spent time with Calgary, Chicago, and Columbus. Looking to revamp his career he signed with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the summer of 2007. He played for almost a year and developed a relationship with Paul Holmgren, the Flyers GM.

Holmgren helped him find a backup job with San Jose, who was his last employer.

He comes as a cheaper option at only $900,000 a year. With Emery and Boucher as goalies, the Flyers have saved $2.6 million dollars in cap space.

The 32-year old will serve as Emery's backup and might possibly challenge him as the starter.

 

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