Mrazek-to-Philly talk from Philly, Detroit

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi broke down the trade market which presents the Philadelphia Flyers opportunities to at least temporarily replace the injured Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth…

Brian Elliott had abdominal surgery and isn’t expected to return until mid-March — and there are no guarantees he will be sharp when/if he gets back.

Neuvirth went down with an injury Sunday, and Hextall has yet to give any specifics or a timetable for his return. Even if Neuvirth can return shortly, his injury-prone nature makes it difficult for the Flyers to count on him for a long stretch.

Hence, Hextall is exploring the trade market. He is reluctant to trade one of the two first-round picks he has in June, and that is understandable. But all other picks should be in play because with the right addition, this could be a fun ride this spring.

Think of it this way: Where would the Eagles have been if both of their top quarterbacks had gone down with a season-ending injury? Would the inexperienced  Nate Sudfeld have taken them to the promised land?

Carchidi lists seven potential goaltenders as possible replacements, including two Wings netminders:

Petr Mrazek, Detroit. Hextall has reportedly had talks with the Red Wings about the 25-year-old Mrazek (2.89 GAA, .910 save percentage), who will be a restricted free agent after the season.  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 may circle back.

Jimmy Howard, Detroit. The 33-year-old veteran would bring a wealth of experience. He has a 2.83 GAA and .910 save percentage, but he has another year left on his contract ($5.3 million cap hit), so that makes him a longshot. He has a limited no-trade clause.

Carchidi continues

And MLive’s Ansar Khan also weighs in on the possibility of Mrazek being traded to Philadelphia:

Mrazek has been playing well since mid-January and he’s in the final year of his contract at $4 million. If the Flyers acquired him and didn’t want to keep him beyond this season, they could forego making him a qualifying offer (at $4 million), making him an unrestricted free agent.

The Flyers had no interest in Mrazek last week, when the Red Wings asked for a third-round pick. Detroit also offered them Jimmy Howard, but the Flyers surely didn’t want to part with a high pick (the Red Wings want more for Howard, a first- or a second-round pick). And they wouldn’t want Howard around next season as an expensive backup ($5.3 million cap hit), when Elliott ($2.75 million) and Neuvirth ($2.5 million) are still on the books for one more season.

The Red Wings and Flyers remain in contact.

For now, the Flyers have rookie Alex Lyon, who has four games of NHL experience. They need help in net, and Mrazek would appear to be a good fit.

Mrazek, since Jan. 14, is 5-2-2, with a 2.01 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and two shutouts.

The Flyers have other options. In addition to Mrazek, lists Antti Raanta of Arizona, Aaron Dell of San Jose, Robin Lehner (who is injured) and Chad Johnson of Buffalo and Calvin Pickard of Toronto as possibilities.


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11 thoughts on “Mrazek-to-Philly talk from Philly, Detroit”

  1. I think only getting a 3rd rounder is something that will be historically remembered as bad. Like what was wrong with them bad. With a chip on his shoulder he will be a keeper. Even in Philly where keepers go to die slowly.

  2. I’d actually be ok if Razor left for a 3rd. He’s been a lot better this year but still has a tendency to play too aggressively and lose his net at times (often later in games). I also hate how he’s always whipping his mask off and occasionally going a bit overboard on the sales jobs for the refs. He’s got the skills, but always seems to be a bit unbalanced mentally.

    I see him as a borderline #1 goalie in the NHL moving forward as there are actually quite a few decent goalies out there and only 31 starting jobs. Plus I feel like he’s going to want 4 or 5 mil a season on a 2/3 year deal this summer which would just unnecessarily eat up Detroits cap space if they are going to also keep Jimmy around for another few years

    1. All good observances on a worrisome career so far…good luck Mrazek! Philly is not polite to keepers.3rd and 4th sounds better If I have to, I guess.

  3. Conditional 4th this year, conditional 3rd next year. Not very good. But if that’s all that people were willing to give, that’s what he was worth.

    1. Could be as high as a 2nd round pick if Philly goes to CF and Razr wins 6 playoff games. So, go Philly? Ugh… 3rd next year is conditional on Petr re-signing in Philly.

      1. If he goes to CF as their starter, qualifying at 4,000,000.00 is automatic. Low round 2nd and 3rd if that happens? I just dont see Philly pulling that off unless Mrazek goes .950 or better. Hes good, but he needs a lot of hate to burn that hot,

  4. If Flyers don’t make the Playoffs this year, no pick. If Petr doesn’t resign next yr no pick. 1/2 Petrs Salary for the rest of this yr

    I had to read Bob McKenzies Tweet a few times, complex conditions!

    Could KH really lose a player and a bit of $$ in a trade?

    1. I think worst case scenario is Wings get a 4th this year and that’s it. Possible that 4th could go up, and we get the 3rd next year if Razr re-signs. That’s how I read it, anyway.

      1. Yeah exactly. TSN website explains it pretty clearly:

        “According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Red Wings are guaranteed no less than a fourth-rounder. If the Flyers make the playoffs and Mrazek wins five games in the regular season, the fourth becomes a third. If the Flyers advance to the conference finals and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the third becomes a second. If the Flyers re-sign Mrazek next season, the Red Wings get a third in 2019.”

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