It’s not hard to see why the Philadelphia Flyers are the odd-man out in the race for goaltending prospects.
While they have plenty of young, talented goalies on the roster, they’re also going through a rebuild.
And there’s no shortage of talent available in free agency.
That means, at least for now, that they have to make a choice between two young goaltenders.
That’s not a bad one to make, considering there’s a real chance the two goaltenders in the mix are already in the conversation for the Vezina Trophy.
“The main thing for me is that I think it’s a really good time to be in a goalie market, and that’s really good to have guys like [Gustav Nyquist] and [Nathan MacKinnon], who are playing in the playoffs,” general manager Ron Hextall told NHL.com.
“So there’s not much to lose in having that talent.
“We just have to get to the point where we have the depth and the quality of goaltenders that we need to have in the NHL to have the best chance at winning a Stanley Cup.””
That’s a very good point. “
We just have to get to the point where we have the depth and the quality of goaltenders that we need to have in the NHL to have the best chance at winning a Stanley Cup.”
That’s a very good point.
The Flyers have had a few goaltenders fall to them in recent years.
Scott Darling was a good goalie for a while, but the team never really had the depth to make him a top-line option, and he was traded to Tampa Bay for a 2018 first-round pick in 2019.
And it wasn’t that long ago that Frederik Andersen was traded away in the Ryan Miller deal.
That was a bad deal for both teams, but it didn’t cost the Flyers much in terms of talent.
But with a glut of goalies available, the Flyers may be in trouble.
“There’s a lot of talent out there,” Hextal said.
“It’s not going to be easy.
“That’s not where we want to be at the moment, and we’re going to have to do that if we want a Stanley, because that’s where we’re at right now.””
The Flyers are trying to improve their goalie depth with the signing of Scott Darling and the acquisition of goaltender Nathan MacKaddon. “
That’s not where we want to be at the moment, and we’re going to have to do that if we want a Stanley, because that’s where we’re at right now.”
The Flyers are trying to improve their goalie depth with the signing of Scott Darling and the acquisition of goaltender Nathan MacKaddon.
(AP)It was a little bit of a surprise when MacKamison signed with the Flyers.
After all, he spent the first two seasons of his career with the Buffalo Sabres.
He’s the only goalie who has played in at least three playoff games for the Sabres.
But the 27-year-old has been a valuable part of the Sabres’ playoff run.
His play has helped them to the Western Conference final, and the two-time Vezna Trophy winner has helped to shore up their netminder position.
The Flyers had been in talks with MacKammison for some time, but a long-term deal wasn’t something the Flyers were willing to commit to.
He’ll be in the final year of his contract and the Flyers will owe him $3.75 million next season, which is the final season of his entry-level deal.
He also has a no-move clause that he could waive.
So while MacKadds name might be a little more enticing than Darling’s, the only player who really has a shot to be the starting goalie for the Flyers this season is the 26-year old Hextally.
MacKambons ability to keep the puck out of the net will help the Flyers, and Hextals goal will help as well.
MacKamons play has been good in the AHL and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but he’s not known for his play in games.
That has paid off for him so far this season, as he has a .921 save percentage and a 2.06 goals-against average.
The reason he’s the Flyers’ backup is because he has the best shot at becoming the starting goaltender.
He has a chance to earn a spot in the Flyers rotation if he keeps playing well.
But it won’t be easy, especially when it comes to making a decision on goaltending.
The Philadelphia Flyers don’t have a lot in the way of depth, and it would take a lot to convince a team to part with a goaltender who isn’t a sure thing.
So that’s one reason why the Flyers need to decide if they want to go that route, rather than going with a young goalie that may not be ready.
The Philadelphia Flyers have a number of goalie prospects on their roster.