Will the Flyers Trade One of Their Goalies at Deadline?
VOORHEES — It might be one of the most uncomfortable spots for a goalie who’s seemingly in a good spot having played five straight games. A sixth is coming Saturday night in front of 60,000-plus at Heinz Field.
Michal Neuvirth has no contract for next year — just like his goalie partner Steve Mason — and also like Mason has been the subject of trade rumors. Next Wednesday’s trade deadline can’t come soon enough.
“For sure, I’m scared,” Neuvirth said. “The last three deadlines I’ve been traded twice. For sure, I’m scared, yes.”
In 2014 he was dealt from Washington to Buffalo and 2015 from Buffalo to the New York Islanders. The Flyers inked him to a two-year contract in the summer of 2015 that will expire June 30.
He could be on the move again, but these days the Flyers think he’s their best chance at a win. At least that’s what can be gathered by the frequency of his play. Meanwhile Mason has played in one game since Feb. 2.
Is Neuvirth trade bait? Still auditioning for a new contract with the Flyers? Does general manager Ron Hextall already have a plan for next year that involves neither goalie on the current roster?