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Red Wings Trade Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia Flyers for Two Conditional Picks

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Philadelphia Flyers Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Y’all wanted some trade news? HOW ABOUT SOME GOLDARN TRADE NEWS?!

Talks about this trade coming were heating up all day on Monday, as the Flyers have lost starter Brian Elliott for 5-6 weeks following surgery and now look to be without backup Michal Neuvirth for the time being as well. For a team sitting third in the Metro Division right now but just six points clear of being out of the playoffs altogether, it was time for them to make a move and Detroit made a good partner with a goalie to move.

Mrazek will be a restricted free agent this offeason and wasn’t likely to even do that as a Wing, as his $4M contract gave a good chance the team would have refused to offer him the minimum qualifying offer to retain his rights (at least 100% of his current salary on a one-year deal). The goalie that Detroit exposed to the expansion draft had played strong lately, and the timing couldn’t have been better.

As for the return? Well as of this writing, I don’t know what the conditions are, but there’s a real potential that this trade could end up an all time egg-on-your-face type of deal for Ken Holland as it’s pulling the chute on a 26-year old netminder with a lot of potential to mature into a guy who could consistently find himself in the Vezina conversation for years.

I mean, he could also continue to frustrate his fans with inconsistent play and questions about his attitude/work ethic, but I suppose that’s no longer Detroit’s concern.

Philly being on the hook to improve this year’s fourth to a third with some pretty easy-to-reach conditions makes it easier to swallow that the likelihood the Flyers will have to spend a third-round pick to re-sign the guy weighing on their decision in the offseason will mean we end up with only one pick out of this deal.

This story is developing. We’re currently working on the assumption that Jared Coreau will be called up to back up Jimmy Howard for the time being.

From the Red Wings:

DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today acquired a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for goaltender Petr Mrazek.

Mrazek, 26, has appeared in 166 games for the Red Wings since making his NHL debut during the 2012-13 campaign, posting a 72-58-20 record with a 2.60 goal-against average, 0.912 save percentage and 13 shutouts. The Ostrava, Czech Republic, native was 8-7-3 in 22 games for Detroit this season, alongside a 2.89 goals-against average, 0.910 save percentage and three shutouts. Prior to his time with the Red Wings, Mrazek was a 2013 Calder Cup champion with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins and appeared in 87 games with the team from 2012-15, compiling a 54-27-4 record, 2.21 goals-against average, 0.913 save percentage and seven shutouts. He also represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 IIHF World Junior Championship and at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey as well as the 2013 and 2017 IIHF World Championships.

The Red Wings currently hold 19 picks over the next two entry drafts: 10 for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (with one pick in the first, fourth and seventh rounds, two picks in the second, third and sixth rounds and a conditional fourth-round pick from Philadelphia) and nine in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (holding their own draft pick in each round, plus an additional fifth-round pick from Buffalo and conditional third-round pick from Philadelphia).