Sunday, May 5, 2013

Reports: Phantoms sign Hobey Baker finalist Chubak 5/5

The Adirondack Phantoms added one Hobey Baker finalist when they signed Canton native Kyle Flanagan to an amateur try-out contract, which will officially become an NHL contract this summer.

Now, it sure looks like they're adding another.

Niagara University goaltender Carsen Chubak has signed an American Hockey League contract with the Phantoms, according to multiple reports. The Western College Hockey Blog, citing anonymous sources, reported Chubak will forego his senior season at Niagara, which he led to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. Flyers Director of Hockey Operations Chris Pryor confirmed to Bill Meltzer that the deal is AHL-only. He would have to sign an NHL contract to be called up.

The Phantoms have yet to formally announce the signing, but Chubak wrote on his Twitter account the hashtag "goPhantoms," among other things. Seems like it will only be a matter of time on that.

Chubak, a 24-year-old Saskatchewan native, went 23-7-5 for the Purple Eagles this season, posting a 1.91 goals-against average and .930 save percentage. I take this to mean that Scott Munroe, who missed the final few weeks of the season after he got a nagging knee injury fixed, may not be brought back. The 31-year-old played the role of veteran goaltender excellently, even when the Flyers traded for Brian Boucher in mid-January and he was briefly unceremoniously thrust into the press box.

Boucher brings some added value to the Philadelphia Flyers in that he has played hundreds of NHL games, and is a valuable insurance for the parent club, though he will also be an UFA this summer.

Cal Heeter, who wound up being Adirondack's most-played goalie as a rookie, will be in his final year of his entry-level contract next fall. He figures to exceed the 32 games he played this season.

He and Chubak appear poised to split time, unless the Flyers or Phantoms make another move.

With this year's Stanley Cup Playoffs not even concluded yet, there is still plenty of time for that.

Until next time,


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