With several teams interested in backup goalie help, I wonder why no one seems to have interest in the resurgent Brian Boucher
of the Philadelphia Phantoms
Currently on a minor-league contract, Boucher has been one of the reasons for the Phantoms first-place standing in their division.
As of this writing, his numbers are:
They compare well with recent call-ups from around the league:
and he brings more NHL experience than all these players combined
(220 games vs 118), yet is still only 31 years of age.
[EDIT: this isn't to suggest that the teams that are using the above goaltenders should/should've opted for Boucher, but to illustrate that he'd be--at least--a comparable option for other teams in need of goaltending help]
Granted, Philadelphia might not want to let him go, but with teams in need, you'd think they'd explore every avenue, especially once 40-year-old Curtis Joseph
picks a squad to join.
Well all these guys could be future starters in this league. Conklin was just desperation by the penguins. Boucher has good numbers but still has looked shaky in net. I believe he will go somewhere next year and this year he will just help the phantoms win a calder cup. It is alot easier for young guys in the phantoms to learn how to play and get ready for the nhl with boucher in net then marty houle.
All of teams you mention have veterans to fall back on that are better than Boucher.
Senators might have a use for him as it seems they're going to trade Emery.