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“You’re hoping the lockout ends, it ends and you’re excited. Then you find out that you’re not really in the plans of the team that you were with. Then you don’t really know what’s going on. Then you get picked up by the team that you used to play for three different times, and then you’re told that you’re going to the minors. So, all ups and downs and all around.”
-Brian Boucher who was placed on waivers yesterday by the Philadelphia Flyers. More on Boucher by Diana C. Nearhos of the PostStar.
from Michael Smith of the Carolina Hurricanes website,
Brian Boucher is expected to miss 4-6 months due to a shoulder injury, according to Carolina Hurricanes’ President and General Manager Jim Rutherford.
Rutherford said the injury occurred within the last week, and the 35-year-old goaltender will be having surgery in the coming days.
Justin Peters, who is an impending unrestricted free agent, now figures even more heavily into the goaltending conversation for the coming season.
“Even prior to that injury to Boucher, with the way Peters played last year – he got to play more games in Charlotte, which is why we signed Boucher, and with the way he played when he came up here – he has always been in the mix of conversation of being one of our two goalies this coming year,” Rutherford said.
From Philly.com Sports:
Brian Boucher is the Flyers’ Game 3 starting goalie in Buffalo, as Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced after the team’s morning skate at HSBC Arena.
“I thought Brian came in and the last couple times has done a really nice job for us,” Laviolette said. “He’s on top of his game and in charge of his net. He’s bailed us out of a couple situations. He deserves to go in there and play.”
In a stunning turn of events, Sergei Bobrovsky, the starter in Games 1 and 2, has been relegated to a chair in the middle of the Flyers’ locker room. Bobrovsky was yanked 12 minutes into Saturday’s Game 2 when he allowed 3 goals on just 7 shots.
That likely means that Michael Leighton, who not only accompanied the Flyers to Buffalo but also had his own locker stall and took the bulk of the shots in Monday’s brief skate, will be Boucher’s back-up.
Philadelphia defeated Boston 4-0 tonight to force a game 6 in Philly.
Flyers also lost Brian Boucher to an apparent knee injury which you can watch below.
from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,
Brian Boucher, the unheralded goaltender who carried the Flyers to their Game 1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night, opted to skip practice today.
Judging by Boucher’s pale, gassed look just minutes after his 23-save performance, it was no surprise he wasn’t on the ice. Boucher admitted the Devils “made him work” with shots from all angles.
It was his first playoff win in 10 years.
With the Flyers winning 1-0 with about 3 minutes to play, Brian Boucher gets to the puck before it crosses the goal line.
According to Sportsnet, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed Brian Boucher for 2 years, at $925,000 per year.
from Jim Adams of The Union,
Brian Boucher is a back-up goaltender. He is designed to play the odd game to rest the starter. In all reality, he has become an icon of what has made the San Jose Sharks the best team in the National Hockey League season.
He exemplifies the type of attitude, grit, perseverance, and skill that has made this Northern California’s most successful team.
And although Boucher may be perfectly suited for warm-ups, he is exceptional when it comes time for the real thing.
It is tough to endure a career as a goaltender without a fair share of ups-and-downs, hits-and-misses, victories and defeats.
As the last line of defense, performance is magnified beyond any other player. Errors become more pronounced. Big saves become larger than life. Rarely is it a straight career path for the NHL goaltender. He may last a little longer, but there is no way to describe it other than tough and demanding.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Phoenix goalie was Brian Boucher. He volunteered his role in the play when we were talking after this morning’s skate and I brought up Ovechkin’s name in the context of Saturday night’s game.
“What are you going to do? It was a one in a million play? He was on his back and he just whacked at the puck,” Boucher said. “At the time I didn’t realize how unreal the goal was.”
“I couldn’t believe how far I had to keep moving and I still didn’t get,” Boucher said.
more and Boucher will be facing Ovechkin again tonight, this time as a member of the San Jose Sharks.
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed goaltender Brian Boucher to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Boucher, 31, has played seven NHL seasons with Philadelphia, Phoenix, Calgary, Chicago and Columbus and has spent the 2007-08 season with the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League, where he posted 23-16-1 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage with four shutouts in 42 games.
Most recently, Boucher split the 2006-07 season between the Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Phantoms.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Brian Boucher was living large again. No overnight herking and jerking in his bus seat this time. No cricks in his neck or tightened hamstrings from sleeping sideways, no sudden awakenings because of red lights that changed too fast, or drivers who loved to brake, or worst of all, those crater-sized potholes hidden amid moonless nights.
No, this bus had satellite television. And bunks. Not exactly Ritz-Carlton material, or even rock-star status. More like an Extended Stay America on wheels. But better than those upright rides up and down Route 13 to Norfolk, all the same.