Might banged-up Flyers reconsider Red Wings' Petr Mrazek?


Once looking like the Red Wings' starter of the future, the 26-year-old has posted an 8-7-3 record with a.910 save percentage and three shutouts in 18 starts as Detroit's backup this season.

Detroit Red Wings goalie Petr Mrazek (34) displays a patch on his sweater for owner Mike Ilitch in the third period against the St. Louis Blues at Joe Louis Arena.

The Nashville Predators dropped their second game in a row with a flat performance against the visiting Detroit Red Wings, 3-1 in Nashville. He's 72-58-20 with a 2.60 GAA and a.912 save percentage in 166 appearances in six seasons for the Red Wings. He's 4-6 in 10 career playoff starts with a 1.88 GAA and a.931 save percentage.

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The 2019 third-round pick is conditional based on if Mrazek re-signs with the Flyers following the season. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 82 percent of their opponents power plays. Even narrowing in strictly on the Red Wings as a potential trade partner, Jimmy Howard comes with playoff experience and a reasonable $4.25 million salary for 2018-19. But if Mrazek isn't able to hold down the fort, it's at least a low-risk move for the Flyers.

It appears Philadelphia has found their answer at goaltender for the stretch run, as with Brian Elliott (lower body) sidelined for another 4-to-5 weeks and Michal Neuvirth (lower body) injured in Sunday's 7-4 victory over the Rangers, the position was a big question mark.

If it is true the Flyers could have had Mrazek for just a third-round pick last week then this might look like a win. Jared Coreau will likely replace Mrazek in the lineup for now and Keith Petruzelli is years off. However, that value of qualifying offer seems unlikely, which will make Mrazek an unrestricted free agent on July 1st.