Leighton or Emery vs. Capitals?

Ray Emery

Michael Leighton

With number one goalie Ray Emery recovering from abdominal surgery and backup Brian Boucher injuring his finger, the Flyers picked up journeyman goalie Michael Leighton off waivers from Carolina as a temporary fill-in. Surprisingly, Leighton got hot and went 8-1-1, fueling a Flyers turnaround from a dismal month-long slump. Now with Emery healed and ready to go and Leighton losing to Toronto on Thursday, do they stay with Leighton or give the job back to Emery? Leighton couldn’t really be faulted for the loss against the Leafs but you’ve got to figure that Emery is expected to be the goalie for the stretch run and playoffs (if we make the playoffs). On the other hand, if Leighton is still the hot guy and we need points, maybe he stays in net for now. And does a possibly rusty Emery go in against Ovechkin and company? It will be interesting to see who gets the start and how the goalie situation plays itself out over the next couple of weeks.

2 Responses to “Leighton or Emery vs. Capitals?”

  1. flyersfan44 Says:

    I agree. It’s obvious (or should be) that this team as it has been assembled is not the right mix. Laviolette has installed a good system and, when they decide they want to play, they can look good. But they still don’t show up too often. The game in Toronto is a case in point. They had a chance to win in Washington and had a lousy third period. The character, determination, whatever you want to call it that they need overall is missing – some players have it but I don’t think enough of the stars do. See what happens on the current home stand. If they don’t do really well, Holmgren may pull the trigger. Kovalchuk remains a possibility for the Flyers but other teams in the mix: Chicago, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles. I think they need another solid defenseman, too. Keep your eye on Scott Niedermeyer. Let’s hope something happens because, as you note, they don’t match the Jerseys, Pittsburghs and Washingtons of the league.

    See you at the game tomorrow.

  2. It is….. EMERY! Yeah, that worked out well. I don’t blame him. The Caps are just better. When you have the best player on the planet and a couple of first team all-stars on the same line, you don’t have much of a chance.

    With that in mind, I think it’s time for Holmgren to bite the bullet and get Kovalchuk in here. The Caps and Pens are better than the Flyers right now. If they can’t beat them, then what’s the point? Besides, the goal scoring is inconsistent, the defensive play is shaky against the best teams, and now we have a goalie controversy brewing. Needless to say, this is NOT the kind of season we all envisioned.

    I think that a slight rebuild is necessary if we are to compete during the next five to ten years (considering Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin, and Semin are going NO WHERE during that time). No one wants a repeat of the mid-80’s era Flyers who couldn’t beat the Oilers even though they had a team to beat kind of line up.

    Lessons learned in the past are valuable teachers for the future. Get as much talent in here as possible and perhaps the team that can almost compete with the Stanley Cup champs (who just happen to be in OUR division again) will be a TRUE contender.

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