The Philadelphia Flyers addressed their goaltending situation on Monday night, acquiring Petr Mrazek from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for two conditional draft picks.
The Flyers have been in tough between the pipes, with goalie Michal Neuvirth going down with an injury Sunday. He was meant to handle starting duties in Philly after Brian Elliott was hurt last Tuesday and is expected to miss about six weeks of action.
The Flyers find themselves tied for third in the Metropolitan Division and are gearing up for a post-season charge.
The Red Wings, conversely, are well out of the playoffs and are considered among the league’s sellers going into the trade deadline period.
Mrazek had been serving as the backup to Jimmy Howard in Detroit and will see a lot more ice time in Philadelphia, so that has to feel good. He’s gone 8-7-3 this season, with a .910 save percentage and a 2.89 goals against average.
Mrazek has spent six seasons in Detroit and has some post-season experience. He’s 4-6 in 10 playoff starts.
Mrazek will be a restricted free agent at the close of the season.
Philadelphia sent Detroit a fourth-round draft pick for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Both picks are conditional.
The Flyers have been working with goalie Alex Lyon. He passed up playing hockey at Yale in order to sign with Philly in April of 2016 and he’s got his time in the spotlight now, but Mrazek’s relief will definitely help even things out.
Lyon delivered his first career win in relief of Neuvirth on Sunday. In four appearances with the Flyers, he has a 1-1 record.