Flyers Terminate Hovinen's Contract (claimed by Edmonton Oilers, per D. Dreger)
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01-25-2013, 08:56 PM
Join Date: Oct 2007
Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought one thing about Eriksson that they (the Flyers) didn't like was his choice to be put in a back-up type role with little improvement over his previous year's stats. I never thought it was him not wanting to play over here, but that he still needed time over there. Then Leights came in and showed that for a brief period of time that large goalies can play without much skill and that going for Hovinen would be better than re-signing Eriksson (which also plays into them drafting Stolarz).
I still have hopes that Eriksson will come back because I really liked what I saw from him during the camps and he's still young enough to get adjusted to an NHL setting. I'm not saying that he's the holy grail of goalies or anything like that, just that it can't be worse than some of the goalies we have had play for us recently or the way we manage them.
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