Archive for Johan Backlund

Updates: Who Needs A Big Name Goaltender?

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on October 5, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

In today’s Philadelphia Daily News, Frank Seravalli has a piece about the Flyers goaltending situation.

Seravalli is quick to point out that, despite the injury to presumed starter Michael Leighton, and the questions and uncertainties that seemingly always surface in between the pipes of the Flyers’ goal, there may not be a need to worry when it comes to those who tend net in Orange and Black this season.  Think about the last five goaltenders that have won the Cup: Cam Ward, J.S. Giguere, Chris Osgood, Marc-Andre Fleury, and Antti Niemi.  None of those goaltenders are considered in the upper echelon (top 5-8 goaltenders in the league) today and none really can be called “Big names.”  Still, all five have rings, and their names engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Leighton's injury shouldn't leave Flyer fans pessimistic about the situation in net

So, Seravalli says, why worry?  The Flyers proved last season that with the talent they have both offensively and defensively there is no reason that this team can’t contend for and even win a Stanley Cup.  Michael Leighton, a journeyman goaltender who came to Philadelphia by way of a desperate waiver-wire claim, and Brian Boucher, a career back-up, beat a goaltender in every round that was considered better than they (Brodeur, Rask, Halak) until the Flyers were finally defeated in the Cup Final.  They beat those goaltenders because the Flyers as a team were better than those other squads, and, as Seravalli points out, the same is true this season.

I love the way Seravalli finishes his article,

Be it Boucher, Sergei Bobrovsky, Johan Backlund – or, if the Flyers plucked Tommy Soderstrom from the 1994 roster and stuck him in net – they will be just fine. That’s not a knock. The game has changed.


Updates: Old News – Backlund’s Coming Back

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , on June 16, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

I’m sure you read numerous times over the past day or so that Johan Backlund resigned with the Flyers to the tune of a 2-year deal with the organization.  I just made you read it again.  Backlund’s deal is simple: it’s of the two-way variety and if Johan ends up with the Flyers, he’ll be paid around $800,000; if his home is in the Adirondacks, he’ll make just shy of $200,000.

Backlund spent the majority of last season with the Phantoms

The fact that he has been resigned, when it seemed that many teams overseas were looking for his services, leads me to believe one thing:  he is definitely going to be either the back-up on the Flyers’ roster next season, or he is going to be the starter for the Adirondack Phantoms next year.  Either way, next year will be a full-fledged trial run for Backlund.  If the Flyers like what they see, they likely will bring him up to Orange and Black full-time in 2011-2012.  Backlund was solid with the Phantoms last season, going 21-17-2.  He appeared in just one game for the Flyers, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and saw only two periods of action before getting hurt in the second period.  He was tagged with the loss in the game.

You can check out the Philadelphia Flyers’ Official Press Release here: FLYERS SIGN BACKLUND TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT

Updates: Surgery for Leino, Betts, Backlund, Carcillo

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , on June 14, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

Anthony SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times is reporting on his blog today that Ville Leino and Dan Carcillo will join Blair Betts and Johan Backlund as some of the Flyers to go under the knife early for surgical procedures this postseason.

Betts is one of four Flyers to have surgery so far this off-season

Betts is scheduled to have surgery on his dislocated shoulder, suffered during round two against Boston, and Backlund will have a minor hip procedure to get the goaltender ready for next year.  However, just today SanFilippo said that now Leino and Carcillo will each have procedures.  Carcillo, who sat out various games as a healthy scratch throughout the Eastern Conference and Stanley Cup Finals, was playing with a sports hernia and will have surgery to correct it.  The Flyers, according to SanFilippo, have said that Carcillo’s procedure may take a while, but the winger should be ready for training camp.

Ville Leino is the fourth and newest Flyer to go under the knife so far this summer, as he is having what SanFilippo terms a “minor hip cleaning” that “won’t cost him that much time this summer.”  Leino came onto the spotlight for the Flyers this postseason, emerging as one of the most talented players on the roster and hopefully earning himself a spot in the Flyers’ line-up for many years to come.

Speedy recovery wishes to all dealing with surgeries, get well soon!

Updates: Flyers Come to Terms with Sebastien Caron

Posted in Flyer Thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on April 2, 2010 by Josh Getzoff

After another awful display of goaltending by a player in a Flyers uniform, General Manager Paul Holmgren announced last night that the Flyers had come to terms with Sebastien Caron, currently playing in the Swiss Elite League.  Caron has previously played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, and Anaheim Ducks.

Where it stops, nobody knows...

Caron would be another addition to a goaltending carousel that has become the laughing-stock of the league as the Flyers have rotated Ray Emery, Michael Leighton, Brian Boucher, Johan Backlund, Jeremy Duchesne, and now Caron – if the goaltender clears waivers at noon EST.  It’s not necessarily set in stone that Caron will clear waivers, either.

There are a lot of teams jockeying for position with the Flyers in the playoff hunt and if it’s compliant with their current Cap state, look for a team to claim him off waivers.  If he does clear, he’ll be available for the Flyers tonight as they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Wachovia Center.  I don’t think he will start tonight, but it’s safe to say he’ll be the starter for a game in the near future – the Flyers wouldn’t bring him all the way back from Switzerland to have him sit on the bench.