May 16, 2018 | 10:30am ET
FLYERS MAY TRY TO TRADE NEUVIRTH
Michal Neuvirth, goalie
In a topic that never seems to grow old in Philadelphia, the Flyers’ goaltending situation has come up once again. But for a change, it’s not regarding who the Flyers are looking to acquire, but rather who they’re considering unloading.
According to Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Flyers GM Ron Hextall may look to test the waters on goaltender Michal Neuvirth.
Much of the trade speculation has stemmed from the recent play of goaltender Alex Lyon.
Lyon, 25, is in the midst of a remarkable playoff with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the AHL playoffs, currently sporting a .959 save percentage and a 1.49 Goals Against Average.
Lyon’s play has led many to believe that he may be promoted to full time NHL duties next season (he played in 11 games with the Flyers this season). With Carter Hart turning pro next season and Anthony Stolaez back healthy, the crease in the Flyers’ system is getting crowded.
Neuvirth, 30, is coming off of another injury-riddled year, in which the goaltender played in just 22 regular-season games. The market for Neuvirth may be slim, though, as Carchidi alluded to.
Neuvirth has struggled to stay healthy his entire career, having played in more than 40 games just once in a single season (back in 2010-11 with Washington). But when healthy, Neuvirth has proven to be a serviceable backup, as he finished out this past season with a .915 save percentage and a 2.60 GAA.
A team like the Calgary Flames (whose season was ultimately done in due to the lack of a quality backup) may be in the market for a veteran goaltender like Neuvirth to play behind Mike Smith. Although the Flyers would likely have to eat a portion of Neuvirth’s salary, there may be a market for him.
Neuvirth has one-year remaining on his contract that carries an AAV of $2.5 million.