Flyers Continue Solid Play; Another Trade Coming?; How About the Goaltending?

The Flyers are continuing their solid play during the ho-hum month of February. Decent 3-2, 4-2, 3-1 type wins against teams they should beat have marked the last several weeks. Today’s game against the Rangers was another good win with Brian Boucher playing very well and coming up with some big saves as the Rangers pressed. A scare in the second period saw Boucher go down for a few minutes with an apparent leg injury but he stayed in the game and made some of his best saves after that episode. The Flyers are starting to put some distance between themselves and the teams behind them but have not yet been able to catch Vancouver for the overall league lead. The Canucks are winning, too, and staying a couple points ahead.

With the acquisition of Kris Versteeg from Toronto, the Flyers improved themselves with added versatility and another 20 goal scorer. This trade makes us wonder if the Flyers will make another deal before the February 28 deadline. Nik Zherdev has been a health scratch for the last six games or so; do you trade him since Laviolette is obviously sour on his defensive weakness and turnovers or do you hold onto him in case of injuries during the stretch run and playoffs? With defenseman Sean O’Donnell getting injured today, do the Flyers deal Zherdev for a sixth defenseman or are they comfortable going with Oskars Bartulis? There is talk that Nashville has interest in Zherdev, so keep your eyes on that situation over the next week.

How about goaltending? Both Boucher and rookie Sergei Bobrovsky have been solid this season with good numbers. Are the Flyers comfortable going on a Cup run with either or both of them? I think so. Besides, what other better goalie might be available? Florida’s Tomas Voukoun is being shopped, but he makes $5.7 million – no way we’re fitting that under the cap. Washington is closing in on Voukoun as they are not happy with their young goalies and promised their fans better goaltending after last year’s disappointing playoff loss.

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