Have the Philadelphia Flyers found their solution in net?
Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting the team is in ongoing talks with netminder Petr Mrazek of the Detroit Red Wings.
It had been widely reported the Flyers and Sabres have been in talks, presumably about goaltender Robin Lehner or Chad Johnson, but Dreger noted that might be off the table now with Lehner dealing with a lower-body injury.
Lehner injury might narrow the options for the Philadelphia Flyers. Sources say ongoing discussions with Detroit on Petr Mrazek.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 19, 2018
Brian Elliott had abdominal surgery and isn’t expected to return until mid-March, so the Flyers are in a tough spot in the goaltending department.
GM Ron Hextall had indicated he was content with a Michal Neuvirth/ Alex Lyon combination in net on the road to a playoff spot, but after Neuvirth went down with a lower-body injury against the Rangers on Sunday, it appears the Flyers might be looking for a replacement.
The Detroit Free Press said the Flyers turned down acquiring Mrazek for a third-round pick, but that was before Neuvirth’s latest injury. Hextall might circle back.
Mrazek owns an 8-7-3 record through 22 games this season with a .910 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average. The 26-year-old carries a $4 million cap hit this season and is scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July.
The Czech netminder had a really strong start to his career, but he’s fallen off the past couple of years. It doesn’t help that he isn’t exactly surrounded by an elite defense core in Detroit. Could a change of scenery be what’s needed to get Mrazek back on track?
Alex Lyon stopped 25 of 26 shots in relief of Neuvirth on Sunday, but he’s very inexperienced at the NHL level. If Neuvirth is out long-term, the Flyers might seriously need to consider making a move for a goaltender.