Sunday, January 13, 2013

Boucher returns to fold once more

Though it is not official yet from either camp, the Flyers continued their usual stockpiling of bodies by re-acquiring goaltender Brian Boucher from the Carolina Hurricanes during the flurry of activity on Sunday morning.

Boucher, who resides in Haddonfield, NJ, had been informally practicing locally during the lockout, and his addition once again creates a quagmire in terms of who will stay and who will be sent to Adirondack between he and Michael Leighton. He was the odd-man out in Carolina's crease after the club invited free agent Dan Ellis to play in the AHL at Charlotte and then signed him.

The Rhode Island native, who turned 36 on January 2, finished last season 1-6-1 with a 3.40 goals-against average in 10 games (eight starts) with the 'Canes.

He went 18-10-4 with a 2.42 GAA in 34 appearances for the Orange and Black in 2010-11, and was infamously part of the "goalie carousel" in the 2011 playoffs with Leighton and Sergei Bobrovsky.

Philly also netted prospect Mark Alt in the deal and shipped Luke Pither to Carolina. Playing for Wheeling of the ECHL, Pither scored the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Reading on Saturday night.

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