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.
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.
Check out Frank’s article here: FLYERS, OTHER TEAMS HAVE SHOWN YOU DON’T NEED ELITE GOALIE TO WIN BIG