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Ed Snider wants to win another Stanley Cup, there is no question about that. He also realizes that the Flyers will not be winning anything with the carousel that has been their goaltending.
He has stated in the Philadelphia Inquirer this offseason, "We are never going to go through the goalie issues we've gone through in the last couple years." That is as close to a guarantee as possible that Philly will finally pay for a number one goalie.
Many pundits and "experts" are throwing the name of Ilya Bryzgalov from the Coyotes out there, but don't expect the Russian to be wearing a Flyers sweater any time soon. He has changed agents (kind of a Jayson Werth/Scott Boras thing going on) and is looking for a big pay-day.
The Flyers are always up against the cap and overspending for Bryzgalov is not the answer. Don't expect him to come cheap either, as he has already said that he would be willing to play in Russia if the money was right.
So who do the Flyers go after? How do they make it work?
Thomas Vokoun is the answer to the Flyers goaltending woes. They won't have to give up anything in a trade and he could be had for a decent price to play for a contender.
He could be brought in on a two-three year deal while Sergei Bobrovsky learns under him.
Vokoun is simply one of the best goaltenders in the world. Playing for the Florida Panthers makes it hard to put up solid numbers, but that is exactly what Vokoun has done his entire career.
Last season for example, Vokoun posted a .922 SV% and a 2.55 GAA. If this defense can get to the Stanley Cup Finals with Michael Leighton, there is no reason to believe they will not be dominant with Thomas Vokoun.
Paul Holmgren and Peter Luuko will need to get a bit creative with fitting Vokoun under the cap, but resigning Ville Leino would not be an option. Andrej Meszaros and/or Matt Carle most likely would have to move as well.
The Flyers are built to win now, but only if they fix their goalie situation. Thomas Vokoun is that answer to the fly guys goaltending questions.