It was expected: a recent great news in the camp of the Philadelphia Flyers is creating a bit of chatter on the trade market. Last week, Flyers goaltending prospect Alex Lyon made 94 saves as the American Hockey League's Lehigh Valley Phantoms defeated the Charlotte Checkers 2-1 in quintuple overtime, setting the record for the longest game in league history.
Lyon obliterated the franchise save record, eclipsing Scott Munroe's mark of 65, which was set in a five-OT loss in 2008. Michael Leighton stopped 98 shots for the Albany River Rats that night, setting the AHL record in what previously stood as the longest game in league history (142:58).
And now, trade speculation has stemmed from the recent play of Lyon. According to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers GM Ron Hextall may look to test the waters on goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Carchidi however alluded to the fact that the market might be slim for a veteran player like Neuvirth, who is coming off of another injury-riddled year. The 30-year-old netminder played in just 22 regular-season games. However, a team like the Calgary Flames or the Chicago Blackhawks could be interested in landing the goaltender. The Flames had to say goodbye to the postseason in the last few weeks of the regular calendar due to to the lack of a quality backup for Mike Smith.
Neuvirth has one-year left on his current contract that carries an average annual value of $2.5 million. If ever one rival club is interested in making a trade with the Flyers to obtain the services of Neuvirth, Philadelphia could be ask to absorb a portion of his salary.
As for Lyon, the 25-year-old goaltender saw a brief run in the NHL this season, and it was the first time in his career that he's appeared at the top level. Lyon took part in 11 games for the Flyers this season, posting a record of 4-2-1 and recording a .905 save percentage. In these 11 contests, according to NHL.com, Lyon made 40 saves in regulation, 11 in the first overtime, 15 in the second, 12 in the third, 14 in the fourth and two in the fifth.
His performance during last Wednesday's game could convince Hextall to give him another shot next season, and who knows, he could end up grabbing an interesting role for the Flyers come October.