In case you missed it, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland finally traded away one of his team’s goalies last night, shipping 26-year-old netminder Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers.
The trade had been rumored for nearly a week, but it took an injury to Flyers goaltender Michael Neuvirth for Flyers GM Ron Hextall to pull the trigger on a deal. Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press reported over the weekend that Mrazaek was offered up to the Flyers for the low, low cost of a 3rd round pick. Hextall declined.
Petr Mrazek is not drawing interest – he was offered to Philadelphia after the Flyers lost Brian Elliott last week (he’s out five-to-six weeks) for an asking price of a third-round pick and the Flyers declined.
Well, as it turns out the Flyers were interested after all. It’s also worth noting that Holland ended up getting back more than was initially reported. Kind of… the conditions on the pick(s) are quite confusing. Thankfully, TSN insider Bob McKenzie laid it all out last night:
Basically, depending on how the Flyers do this postseason, the Red Wings will get either a 4th, a 3rd or a 2nd round pick from the 2018 NHL Entry Draft back. If Mrazek re-signs in Philly for next season, the Wings will also get a 3rd round pick from the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. It's also worth noting that the Red Wings are retaining half of Mrazaek's $4 million salary, as reported by The Athletic's Craig Custance. However, because he's set to become a restricted free-agent this upcoming offseason, he'll only be on the team's books until July 1st.
It’s not an awful return for the 26-year-old Mrazek, but still… some fans were a little less than enthused.
Check out the fan reaction from last night after the team broke the news:
So we ask you, Red Wings Feed... good deal or bad deal?
Mrazek has struggled through two consecutive seasons now in Detroit and there's no denying the fact that he could use the fresh start. The Czech goaltender selected by the Red Wings in the 5th round (151st overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft started his NHL career with such promise back in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Since then though, he has struggled to maintain consistency, winning and losing the starting duel with Jimmy Howard on a seemingly night-to-night basis.
With Flyers starter Brian Elliott out at least five more weeks as he recovers from abdominal surgery, Mrazek will finally be given a chance to be a starting goalie on a playoff calibre team. Will he sink or will he swim? We're about to find out.