Philadelphia Flyers reportedly looking for goalies ahead of trade deadline
It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Flyers are where they are thanks to goaltenders. With the worst goaltending percentage in the entire league of more than a percentage point, this team finds itself in a strange situation ahead of the April 12 trade deadline.
Management have decided to stop Carter Hart for about a week, leaving him to train with the team but not even appear as a substitute in future games, as he tries to rejuvenate his season after a disaster. Meanwhile, Alex Lyon and Brian Elliott are the weirdest tandem that sort of clinch wins on their stat sheet without even really putting in any interesting performances.
That goaltending triangle not quite suited to what this team – who were hoping for a substantial playoff appearance beyond last year’s whine – really need GM Chuck Fletcher is supposed to be shopping.
“I understand the Flyers front office is having this discussion internally,” LeBrun said Tuesday during TSN’s insider trading segment. “Do they go out and get some help from the goalies before the April 12 trade deadline and allow Carter Hart to have a bit of a reset and work on his game?”
“Brian Elliott was a pro, but he might need some help. On the other hand, what does it do to Carter Hart if you do this? So there are pros and cons to this and this is what I think they are discussing. The other thing is the Flyers have to stay in the game. The next seven games before the deadline will be really important for the Flyers who want to add, no matter where they are, if they don’t play better.
“A name to keep if they decide to add a goalkeeper: Jonathan Bernier, I believe, [is] on the Flyers radar. He is an unrestricted free agent waiting for Detroit. “
As Lebrun mentioned, the Flyers can take a number of paths. Whether it’s suffering the rest of the season with their regular tandem and praying for an average league performance, or adding another goalie into the mix and having a tough conversation, every option comes with it. positive and negative aspects. Being that risk-averse front office never goes really well, and given that the Flyers are still a very strong, playoff-worthy team when it comes to their offense and a slightly below-par team defensively. , if they are able to do so. A jerk of stable goalies, it might not take a foolish effort to beat the Buffalo Sabers.
There are a lot of rumors of goalie swaps during this oddly shortened season. As some rookies become substitutes, like the Carolina Hurricanes’ Alex Nedeljkovic, or teams with established options, like the Los Angeles Kings and Jonathan Quick, there could be a lot of movement going before April 12. Whether it’s James Reimer, Jonathan Bernier, Chris Driedger or Ryan Miller who are targeting the Flyers, it can add new dynamics to a season that flirts with the concept of waste.
It should be an interesting fortnight.