April 13, 2017
As of now, the Philadelphia Flyers will enter the 2017-18 with a goaltending tandem of Michal Nuevirth and Anthony Stolarz, but that sounds likely to change before the puck drops in October.
General manager Ron Hextall met with the media on Thursday morning after a disappointing finish to the season. The team’s goaltenders was one of the many topics he discussed during his press conference.
“I don’t know,” Hextall replied when asked about what the situation will be in net next season, per Dave Isaac of the Courier- Post.
“We’re going to look at all our options and we’ll go with what we feel like is our best option,” Hextall said. “We’ve got kids to watch and then we’ll figure things out. We’ve got some evaluating to do and when the time’s appropriate, we’ll make those decisions.”
It certainly sounds like Hextall wants to add another veteran for next season while their prospects get another year of experience under their belts.
“We do have kids coming. I think everybody knows it,” Hextall said. “I don’t have a whole lot of interest in getting into a long, drawn-out deal with a goaltender, but we’ll look at our options and when we feel the time is appropriate on our best option (we’ll do something) at that time.”
While this doesn’t sound like a bad idea, what does it mean for Anthony Stolarz? He looked very good in his seven NHL appearances this season and has earned a chance for a permanent spot on the NHL roster.
Could Stolarz be used as a trading chip to acquire the goal scoring that the Flyers desperately needed this past season? Possibly. With Alex Lyon, Merrick Madsen, Carter hart and Felix Sandstrom all in the system Hextall has plenty of options.