Could a goaltender be on the move?
In a tweet from TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings are having ongoing discussions regarding a trade involving Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek.
This news comes with the Flyers backup goaltender Michal Neuvirth leaving Sunday’s game against the Rangers with a lower-body injury. Philadelphia is already without their starting netminder Brian Elliot for at least another month and goaltending options on the market narrowing down for the Flyers.
According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, the Red Wings offered Mrazek to the Flyers for a 3rd round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, however the Flyers declined that trade. Now with Neuvirth out, the talks could increase as the deadline approaches a week from now. Detroit could choose to increase their offer or present the same trade, but we do know as of now that the Flyers and Red Wings are having conversations.
Mrazek this season is posting a .910 save percentage with an 8-7-3 record and a 2.89 goals against average. He will be a restricted free-agent at the end of the season. Mrazek has had consistency issues, however he has shown flashes of promise that has garnered that attention. The Red Wings left Mrazek unprotected when last season’s Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft went on and failed to garner any interest in the trade market for him. At 26 he could be more than just a rental for the Flyers, however it could come at a price or it could just cost them the initial 3rd round pick. Keep an out as things develop going forward.