I'd like to see this team explore back up options. It seems everytime there are viable back-ups on the market or available through trade, the flyers either sign or trade for Boucher / Leighton. And it seems they do it because they are "good" guys.
Dan Ellis was available for a backup role (and potentially able to fill in if Bryz imploded), Ben Bishop is a young tender I like the look of, who went for cheap to Ottawa, and seems a filler until Lehner is ready for a starters gig there. Those are just two names that come to mind. I am certain many other examples exist.
Had Bryz started poorly like he did last season, or if he gets into a funk, It safe to say that with Boucher and Leighton as options 2-3, this team is ****ED!
Just a thought, when Leighton is gone, who would you rather want Montoya or Mason?
Both are pretty bad actually:
Chris Mason used to be solid but this may be the third consecutive season where he puts up a SVP < 90%. He may end up unsigned next offseason.
Montoya has never been given a real shot and he has yet to play a full season in front of a solid defense. His experience level is low for a 28 year-old, even less NHL games played than Leighton at the same age.
I hope the Flyers can find a better solution for next season. Maybe sign a proven goalie out of Europe to a one year oneway deal or bring back Emery?!
Thomas Greiss of SJS will be an UFA as well and he may consider a location change...