ESPN: Flyers Goalie at the Top of ‘Hot Seat’ Rankings
Athletes in the city of Philadelphia are no stranger of being on the hot seat.
Ben Simmons hasn't performed to his potential, and fans are ready to move on from him.
Carson Wentz was once the No. 2 overall pick, someone fans thought could lead them to multiple Super Bowls and potentially win MVP awards. He has since been traded.
Aaron Nola finished No. 3 in the N.L. Cy Young Award race in 2018, but since then he has been an average pitcher and fans are willing to trade him for the first offer that comes in.
There was a time that fans though Carter Hart would finally be the goalie that the Flyers had been missing for what seems an eternity.
The 23-year old former second-round pick, burst onto the hockey scene and it looked like the Flyers finally found a franchise netminder.
His first year in the NHL, he impressed, going 16-13 with a 2.83 GAA and .917 save percentage in 31 games. After that impressive 31 game audition, Hart went 24-13-3 record with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 43 games and 9-5 record, 2.23 GAA, and .926 save percentage in 14 playoff starts during the 2019-2020 season.
However, Hart struggled last season going 9-11-5 with a 3.67 GAA and .877 save percentage in just 27 games last season before being shut down due to a MCL sprain in his left knee.
Now ESPN NHL writer Greg Wyshynski says there is no other player in the league who is on the hot seat more than Hart is this season.
Oh, there's just a little on the line for Carter Hart this season.
His play will determine whether the Flyers return to playoff contention or drop down the standings in the Metro Division, which will ultimately lead to people losing their jobs. His play will help determine whether he's the franchise goalie many saw him becoming before last season's disastrous campaign, or whether he's just another in a seemingly unending line of players whose promise is torched in the Philadelphia goalie incinerator.
So yeah, a little on the line for Carter Hart, who is essentially walking across the Grand Canyon with a safety harness, considering Martin Jones is his backup. Hopefully he makes it to the other side.
Wyshynski explains that these "hot seats" are ranked based on conversations around the NHL but are also the byproduct of perception.
It appears the Flyers have faith in their young goalie, giving him a three-year, $11.937 million contract during the offseason. So far this preseason and training camp, Hart looks much more comfortable between the pipes.
He will be in goal when the Flyers open the season next Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.