VOORHEES, N.J. — There they were, four pairs of goaltender pads propped up in front of a row of stalls in the Philadelphia Flyers’ locker room last week, a testament to one of the more intriguing story lines on the team.
“The good news is that none of them are mine,” said Scott Gordon, the Flyers’ interim coach and a goaltender for the Quebec Nordiques for 23 games in the early 1990s.
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through seven goalies this season, tying an N.H.L. record that is shared by three other teams, Gordon’s 1989-90 Nordiques among them. That explains all the pads — with two goalies now suiting up for games and two others still rehabilitating and getting closer to a return.
The upside of all this upheaval is that the Flyers, for now, are thriving because they had to turn to their top goaltending prospect — 20-year-old Carter Hart — for help.