As we all know, the Flyers have some tough roster moves to make. The returns of Michael Leighton and Dan Carcillo have brought some hard decisions for coach Peter Laviolette. On another note, Matt Walker seems to be itching closer to a return, meaning that we'd another defensemen to an already over-crowded roster. These are my personal roster moves once everyone is healthy.
The first and primary issue is the goaltending. We all know that Sergei Bobrovsky is going no where do to his incredible play, so that leaves Leighton and Brian Boucher. In my opinion, the back-up job belongs to Boosh. Leighton is expecting (or at least was) to be the starter, but will now have to sit due to the stellar play of Bob. Boosh know his role as a back-up, while Leights would rather be the starter. Although I do believe Leighton is a better goalie, I'd rather keep Boosh because of cap-hits and the length of the contracts. Plus there are a few teams who may be looking for a solid back-up. Plus, we could probably get a better return for Leighton. Leighton would be a perfect fit on teams like the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers.
Matt Walker should be dealt. Walker has does not fit anywhere on the Flyers' roster, nor the Phantoms' roster. The Flyers have one of the best (if not the best) defensive cores in the league, and still have Oskars Bartulis waiting to crack the line-up as the seventh. The Phantoms' roster is also full. The re-aquisition of Danny Syvret has really helped them (3 goals in 2 games), and the rest of the D slots are filled. Dan Jancevski, Marc-Andre Bourdon, Kevin Marshall, Joonas Lehtivuori and Erik Gustafsson are the other defensemen, so sending him down would be pointless. Possible destinations for Walker would be teams liem the Montreal Canadiens and the Dallas Stars, teams who could be looking for defensive help.
As far as Carcillo goes, I'd keep him around. I'm a personal fan of Carcillo, and feel that he's very usefull. Car-bomb provides great checking on that fourth line and can even put the puck in the net from time to time. Carcillo could even be usefull as a checker on a top-line if injuries occured. Shelley would be the extra forward and could draw in against teams like the New York Rangers and Toronto Maple Leafs.
Let me know what you guys think.