Philly's missing ingredient

After all these years, the Flyers still need to find the right goalie

Originally Published: June 14, 2010
By Timo Seppa and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Michael LeightonAndre Ringuette/Getty ImagesMichael Leighton: Not the answer.

Plugging Holes - Philadelphia Flyers

The Hole: An elite goaltender

General manager Paul Holmgren rolled the dice going into 2009-10, dismantling the underrated netminding combo of Martin Biron and Antero Niittymaki while installing one of the league's lowest priced duos: volatile castoff Ray Emery and career backup Brian Boucher. Sticking to his guns, Holmgren stood pat at the trading deadline, allowing a talented roster to be backstopped only by the journeyman Boucher and waiver-wire pickup Michael Leighton -- two replacement level goaltenders whose career save percentages hovered around .900. Surprisingly finding themselves in the Stanley Cup finals against a loaded Blackhawks squad, the Flyers have to consider what a difference an elite goaltender could have made.

To get the fix, the stats and E.J. Hradek's perspective on the suggested move, you must be an ESPN Insider. Sign up today to get access to free agent rumors, draft news and more.

E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.