The Flyers filled their goalie need with Michal Neuvirth and Brian Elliott out with injury by trading a pair of conditional picks to the Red Wings for Petr Mrazek.
The above is big, Mrazek had a 4M cap hit for the Wings, and coming in at 2M, the Flyers could still, in theory, acquire about 9.25M at the deadline per Cap Friendly. And this does not include a move at forward as Oskar Lindblom was recalled today by the Flyers from the Phantoms with no corresponding roster move.
So, let’s analyze the numbers on Mrazek. His .912 career SV% is just under league average of .915 in the same time. His .910 this season is a hair behind the same numbers, meaning that Mrazek is basically a high end backup goaltender.
Unlike the series on projecting prospects and rentals, projecting goaltenders is nearly impossible. Runs like Andrew Hammond a few years ago, or the absolute turn around of Steve Mason in Philly make guessing, using stats, for goaltenders almost impossible.
That said, Mrazek only needs to hold down the fort until the Flyers get one of Neuvirth or Elliott are healthy enough to replace Alex Lyon. If he can just sustain the .910 to .912 play of this season versus his entire career, he would be right in line with the Flyers main duo over the course of the season.
Mrazek has the net, and is a pure rental. Carter Hart is coming, Felix Sandstrom is coming and both Neuvy and Elliot are signed for next season. The Flyers also have to make decisions on Alex Lyon and Anthony Stolarz as well.
Mrazek has a shot to audition for a job next season on any team that is looking for a backup goalie. Or, maybe even a one year deal for the Flyers should they decide to part ways with Elliott or Neuvirth at the draft. As a restricted free agent, the Flyers could potentially hold all the cards there, however qualifying Mrazek would be risky as his qualifying offer would likely be around the 4M range of his current contract.
The draft picks are conditional, and that only plays to the Flyers strength, they have a well stocked farm right now, so missing a couple mid round picks isn’t the end of the world. And as shown with previous trades, Ron Hextall knows how to shed contracts for mid round when needed.