A return to the minors
"I never thought I'd say this, but I'm happy to sign a minor-league contract."It's been more than seven years since Boucher played with the Phantoms, who he broke into pro hockey with in 1997 at age 20. Back then, he was an up-and-comer, one of those rare netminders picked in the first round and a heralded star in junior hockey.
The pinnacle of his hockey career came two years later, when he took the Flyers to the conference finals as a rookie. Since then, he's battled injury and confidence problems, and has been relegated to backup duty with poor teams.
Boucher sought out a minor-league deal with an organization he had success with way back when, something a few other goaltenders — not to mention the skaters still out there — are going to have to seriously think about. Where else will Robert Esche, Alex Auld and J-S Aubin find work next season?