The Philadelphia Flyers announced that 6’2”, 198-pound goaltender Brian Boucher has signed a contract with the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“Brian is a good goalie who will add depth to the organization and solidify our goaltending situation,” said Holmgren in making the announcement.
Boucher, 30, appeared in 18 regular season games for the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2006-07 season, posting a 2-11-3 record and 3.34 goals-against average. He had a 1-1-0 record and 3.80 GAA in three games for Columbus after being claimed on waivers from Chicago on February 27, 2007. He registered a 1-10-3 record, 3.26 GAA and one shutout in 15 games for the Blackhawks. He was signed as a free agent by Chicago on September 23, 2006.
In seven NHL seasons with the Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Chicago and Columbus from 1999-2000 through 2006-07, Boucher has compiled a 77-96-33 record, 2.79 GAA and 13 shutouts in 220 regular season games.
In three seasons with the Flyers from 1999-2000 through 2001-02, Boucher posted a 46-38-12 record, 2.45 GAA and seven shutouts in 103 regular season games. He was named to the 2000 NHL All-Rookie Team after winning a career-high 20 games and posting a league-best 1.91 GAA. He was traded by the Flyers, along with Nashville’s third round pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, to the Coyotes in exchange for Michal Handzus and Robert Esche on June 12, 2002. He was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.
Over parts of four seasons (1997-98 through 1999-2000 and 2005-06), Boucher appeared in 77 career AHL regular season games, compiling a 38-23-9 record, 2.76 GAA and two shutouts. In three seasons with the Phantoms (1997-98 through 1999-2000), Boucher registered a 36-20-9 record, 2.88 GAA and two shutouts. He was a member of the Phantoms’ 1998 Calder Cup Championship Team.