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Although shaky at times, Bobrovsky had a pretty impressive rookie campaign in Philadelphia.
"Bob the Goalie" started off very hot but his play cooled off towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, causing the Flyers to become a goalie circus, juggling three goalies during the postseason.
Now, with Philadelphia's seemingly continuous goaltending issue fixed with the acquisition of the signing rights to Ilya Bryzgalov, the three Flyers goalies from last season will be competing for the backup position.
Bryzgalov will want top dollar (and rightly so), which will potentially put Philadelphia over the cap. As a result, GM Paul Holmgren will have to make some trades to keep Bryzgalov in the city of brotherly love.
Trade winds have swirled around sniper Jeff Carter, but they were quickly shot down by Holmgren, who said that he would like to keep their "core group." This group should include Carter, Mike Richards, Daniel Briere and Claude Giroux just to name a few. This opens the door for a possible trade for Sergei Bobrovsky.
Coming off a 28-win season, Bobrovsky should attract the most attention between him Brian Boucher and Micheal Leighton.
Phoenix would not have to give up a lot to get him, as the Flyers are just looking to clear space to sign Bryzgalov, so they could potentially get a bargain like Atlanta did last year when the traded almost nothing for Dustin Byfuglien.
If traded, Bobrovsky's play could benefit from the new scenery. Coach Dave Tippet would put Bobrovsky on a longer leash than he had in Philadelphia, and he wouldn't be under such ridicule from the fans and media if traded to the desert. Pressure can potentially be a bad thing for a young goalie (see Justin Pogge), so maybe some time out of the limelight is just what the doctor ordered for the young Russian netminders play, which would benefit the Coyotes struggling franchise (off the ice) for years to come.