Various sources report the Philadelphia Flyers have acquired Brian Boucher from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for minor league center Luke Pither.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, the very first trade under the new CBA is made by the Flyers, for a goalie, but not the blockbuster move they were rumored to make for Roberto Luongo. It appears Flyers management will stick with Ilya Bryzgalov as their starter and bring back former Flyer Boucher to back him up. Not a surprise the Hurricanes shopped Boucher, as they reportedly could sign UFA Dan Ellis to a one-year, two-way contract, plus also have Justin Peters in their system.

**UPDATE** CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio suggested Boucher is likely an insurance pickup and could be headed to the AHL this season. So, this move won’t put an end to the “Luongo-to-Philly” rumors after all…

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One Response to Flyers Acquire Brian Boucher.

  1. Will says:

    This trade looks very one-sided, but it looks like Rutherford was hell bent on moving every guy he acquired in the summer of 2011 (Kaberle, Ponikarovsky, Boucher, Stewart). None of those deals worked out even halfway how he thought they would. He acquires a guy who will end up playing in the ECHL once the boys in Charlotte are healthy again and gave up a prospect just to ship Boucher back to Philly. That speaks volumes. Rutherford mentioned on Friday he was going to make some “funny looking clean up trades” and the two deals made on Sunday affirm that. I would look for another trade or a couple of waiver moves near the end of training camp as well.

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