If the Flyers hope to make a run towards a playoff spot, they will likely be doing so with a goaltending tandem of Michal Neuvirth and Alex Lyon.
Brian Elliott is expected to be out 5-6 weeks after undergoing successful core muscle surgery Tuesday morning and GM Rox Hextall is indicating the Flyers won’t be looking for a replacement on the trade market.
Elliott re-aggravated an abdominal injury that cost him four games earlier this month in Saturday’s 4-3 shootout victory over Arizona.
“Well, the deadline is two weeks away. I guess things can change between now and then, but we like our team, we like what we’ve done. In saying that, we’ve got to keep going here, we’ve got to keep pushing,” Hextall said before Tuesday’s game against New Jersey.
“Neuvy is very capable. Again, he’s played some real good games for us this year, some other ones that haven’t been that great, but if he can get on a roll here and get some consistency and do a good job for us, we will be fine.”
Hextall did mention if he were to bring in a goalie it would be one without much/any contract term remaining beyond this season, but he seems content with the Neuvirth/ Lyon combination.
Flyers GM Ron Hextall on his team's goaltending in the absence of Brian Elliott pic.twitter.com/3eqUTd0Kc0
— Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) February 14, 2018
While Hextall isn’t stating the Flyers are pursuing a goaltender, it’s interesting to note Thought 11 in the latest 31 Thoughts by Elliotte Friedman:
“I can’t pin it down, but a few teams suspected there was some traction between Buffalo and Philadelphia. Their two AHL teams, Lehigh Valley and Rochester, met last Saturday. It sounds like it depends on if the Flyers’ wish to buy, and they woke up Wednesday five points into the playoffs.”
Could the Flyers be looking to acquire Robin Lehner? There’s no doubting the value of a quality starting goalie in today’s NHL and Neuvirth might not have what it takes to get the job done.
Elliott had won seven of eight games before suffering the injury against Arizona, as his workhorse tendencies and ability to steal games make this injury tough to swallow.
Neuvirth and Lyon could very well take the Flyers to the playoffs, but things aren’t off to a promising start with Neuvirth allowing four goals in Tuesday’s shootout loss to New Jersey.