Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/02/05 at 11:50 AM ET
There is no goaltending controversy in Philadelphia. Esche is clearly the starter. Antero Niittymaki is clearly his backup. Advertisement But when Esche doesn’t play up to par, or his teammates fail him and leave him hanging out to dry, it would be difficult to pry that notion from the back of Esche’s mind. That’s because he witnessed it first hand just a few short years ago, albeit from a whole different perspective. When Esche arrived to the Flyers along with Michal Handzus in a trade that sent the popular Brian Boucher to Phoenix, he was considered a throw-in. He was the prototypical backup goalie.read on
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