Philadelphia Flyers Looking at Robert Esche

Chris DiFrancescoAnalyst IJune 13, 2009

BOSTON - JANUARY 06:  Robert Esche #42 of the Philadelphia Flyers warms up before playing the Boston Bruins on January 6, 2007 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Bruins defeated the Flyers 4-3.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Flyers are trying to bring the band back together, for a pretty decent price.

A club source told CSNPhilly.com that the Flyers have contacted Robert Esche's agent about a possible return this fall to maybe be the backup for newly acquired starter Ray Emery.

Although the discussions are only the beginning stages, there are contract issues that Flyers and Esche run into.

Esche still has one-year left on his deal with Kontinental Hockey League’s SKA St. Petersburg. Head coach Barry Smith has told CSNPhilly that he would not release Esche from his contract unless he and his team could find a suitable replacement for him.

Esche had a 21-14 record with an impressive 1.87 GAA, and a .912 save percentage for SKA St. Petersburg.

I truly hope for the fans of the orange and black that these talks are preliminary, or else this will be a bad PR hit for the Flyers. Esche played four years here but proved t not to be a good enough starting goaltender.

Id stick with Niittymaki at this point in time. But, this obviously looks to be a salary cap move. If it happens.

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