The Philadelphia Flyers have some goaltending issues. It’s not that
their goalies are playing bad, it’s that they keep getting hurt.Not only
that, but when they do have a healthy goaltender available he may not
be able to play due to college classes.
I kid you not.
Backlund, making his NHL debut yesterday in net for the Flyers,
aggravated a groin injury and could miss some games this week (he’s
listed as day-to-day). Carter Hutton, an emergency call up from the
Adirondack Phantoms, is actually still in school at UMass-Lowell, and
can’t play during the week. From
Tim McManus of the Post Star (via Broad
Carter Hutton, a star in a win
over Hershey on Sunday, is not available
midweek for the rest of the season because he’s still in college at
UMass-Lowell and has a seminar he can’t miss on Wednesdays. If that last
sentence doesn’t sum up where the Phantoms are with goalies right now,
nothing does. Hutton will be around on weekends.
Flyers still have Jeremy Duchesne in the AHL, but reportedly there isn’t
any interest in bringing him up. So the question is: if Backlund is
still hurt and Hutton can’t play because of school responsibilities,
then who is the backup? The goalie coach? It’s a possibility.