Three Goalies is the New Two Goalies

So I guess keeping three goalies on the roster is now officially a trend?

The Flyers are keeping three goalies while Ray Emery prepares to return.

The Flyers literally have nothing else to do with their cap space, so they may as well keep all three goalies.

The Islanders are currently rolling three goalies, with Martin Biron the odd-goalie out with the return of Rick DiPietro. The Islanders are waiting to see if the oft-injured DiPietro can handle the physical demands of the NHL. Once they understand DiPietro’s true status, the assumption is Biron will be moved somewhere else.

If DiPietro seems set, perhaps the Isles will trade Biron back to the Flyers, so the Flyers can go with a four-goalie configuration.

To be fair, the Flyers are being smart. They have the cap space to let Emery rehab close to the team, so they’re taking advantage of the situation. It just has be awkward for goalie Brian Boucher, who’s the dead goalie walking around the locker room.

Also, to the surprise of no one, Jamie Langenbrunner was named Team USA captain.

Zach Parise, Dustin Brown, Brian Rafalski, and Ryan Suter were named alternates. Chris Drury, supposedly named to the U.S. Olympic team for his leadership abilities, was not.

I get that Drury made the Olympic team as a link between the old guard and the new guard. I get he’s there as a mentor more than a player. But it still would have been nice if GM Brian Burke had made Drury’s role a bit more official by giving him an ‘A’.

Finally, my take on why the Oilers can’t afford to trade Sheldon Souray.