Per TSN of Canada’s Bob McKenzie, and the great echo chamber that is Twitter, the Philadelphia Flyers will request unconditional waivers on goaltending prospect Niko Hovinen for the princely sum of $125 dollars.
The 24-year-old Finn never lived up to expectations and mystified many within the organization for his perceived lack of adjustment to the North American game and a lack of work ethic. Hovinen was a bust at Phantoms training camp in September and was shuttled down one level.
He went 4-6-3 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .889 save percentage in 16 appearances for Trenton of the ECHL this season, but lost any chance at a steady starting gig to the steadily-improving Scott Wedgewood.
As for the reasons behind Hovinen’s stock falling so quickly, Titans head coach Vince Williams only cryptically offered that the young netminder was “sick” when left off the roster over the weekend in a game at Elmira.
It didn’t help that Williams took the rare step of calling Hovinen out for poor attitude a while back, either.
Let’s remember the good times, shall we? From Trentonian’s Mike Ashmore, some video of Hovinen’s debut in October: