This morning, Anthony SanFilippo tweeted that Brian Boucher was acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Luke Pither.
The two-time Flyers’ goalie, who also had an AHL only contract with the Phantoms during the 2008 season, has been reportedly living in New Jersey and practicing with Flyers’ players during the lockout.
This news comes on the heels of the announcement that the Hurricanes extended an invitation to Dan Ellis to training camp.
The goalie affectionately known as “Boosh” is best known for an incredible save against Patrick Elias the New Jersey Devils in the 2000 playoffs as well as winning a shootout in the final game of the 2010 season against the New York Rangers, which clinched a playoff spot for the Flyers and leading to the team’s postseason Cinderella run.
Bob McKenzie tweeted that the Flyers also received defensive prospect, Mark Alt, in the trade. Here is an excerpt from Corey Pronman’s thoughts on Alt:
The Flyers traded for defenseman Mark Alt, my thoughts on Alt: He’s what one NHL source describes as an athletic big man, who skates well and moves very well for his size. He’s got a high-end physical game due to his size and willingness to lay the body. Alt is still pretty raw though, trying to figure out the game in his own end and make better decisions overall. He also doesn’t bring much in terms of point production, although there’s a little offensive upside in him. For now I’d qualify him as a low end prospect.
Hockey’s Future has Alt listed at fourth on the defensive depth chart of Carolina’s prospects.
General Manager Paul Holmgren offered the following when asked for the reasoning behind acquiring Boucher.
“Insurance [at goaltender] would be the biggest issue, and the second would be to get a young player that we like [Alt]. Alt is 6-3, he can skate, he’s playing in a good program on a good team. We’ve liked him. He’s a good young prospect.”
He also stated that Boucher is likely to spend his time in the AHL with the Phantoms.
“Once Brian clears his physical tomorrow I would say the idea right now is to not have him take part in camp here, we’ll probably just get him to the Phantoms. I talked with Jeff [Reese] a little bit about the direction here and I think the best thing to do is to make sure we get good work in for Ilya and Michael.”