The Flyers have added some goaltending depth with the absences of Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, announcing that they have acquired Petr Mrazek from the Red Wings in exchange for a conditional fourth-round pick in 2018 and a conditional third-round pick in 2019. TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports (Twitter link) that the 2018 selection will become a third-rounder if Philadelphia makes the playoffs and Mrazek wins five regular season games and will become a second-rounder if they reach the Eastern Conference Final with Mrazek winning six postseason contests. The 2019 pick will transfer to Detroit if Mrazek re-signs with the Flyers at the end of the season.
Mrazek has had an up-and-down year with Detroit. In the first three months of the season, he posted a GAA of 3.64 with a .892 SV%, numbers that are well below average. He has turned things around considerably since then. In his past 11 games, he has cut his GAA down to 2.29 and upped his SV% to a strong .925. As a result, he had started to wrestle away starts from Jimmy Howard as of late. On the season, Mrazek has a 2.89 GAA with a .910 SV% in 22 appearances.
With Elliott out for roughly another month and no word yet on how long Neuvirth will miss, the Flyers were down to Alex Lyon and Dustin Tokarski on the depth chart. (They did get some good news earlier in the day as prospect Anthony Stolarz was activated off season-opening injured reserve and was assigned to their AHL affiliate in Lehigh Valley.)
The 26-year-old is in the second and final season of a two-year, $8MM contract signed back in July of 2016. Craig Custance of The Athletic adds (Twitter link) that Detroit is retaining the maximum 50% of his deal. He has a $4.15MM salary in 2017-18 which will stand as his required qualifying offer in June. Both Elliott ($2.75MM) and Neuvirth ($2.5MM) are already signed for 2018-19 so at first glance, Mrazek may very well be a non-tender candidate but he will at least give them a boost between the pipes as they continue to battle for a postseason spot in a tight Metropolitan Division.
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