Flyers Have A New Goalie…..
The Flyers have announced that Goalie Propect Antero Niittymaki will make his 1st NHL start tonight against Washington. If he performs well he will start at Atlanta tomorrow.Bob Clarke has stated that he will not shop for a replacement of Robert Esche, out 3-4 weeks with a 2nd degree MCL sprain. He will wait to see how Nittymaki performs and also see if Jeff Hackett is able to return from his battle with Vertigo.
Niittymaki was named AHL player of the month in January with 7-1-1 record and a 1.67 GAA. He will be backed up by Neil Little, his partner with the Phantoms.
As a fan of the Flyers I am excited to see what this kid can do. I hope he plays well enough to become the backup to Robert Esche.
I don’t believe that we need to go out and over pay for a more experienced goalie. Burke was here before and what did he do then. Nothing, he lost his job to Boucher. Kolzig would be nice but cost way too much (money & players). Biron and Fernandez have the same experience in the playoffs as Esche.
I applaude Bob Clarke and Hitchcock for sticking with Esche and I hope they will continue too.