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SportsReport: Flyers looking for goaltender help but won't trade prospects or draft picks

14:55  06 december  2018
14:55  06 december  2018 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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# Flyers goalie prospect Carter Hart making it look easy on the wraparound attempt. He looks very in control early on despite the freezing and snowy conditions. One of the luxuries of stockpiling draft picks like Hextall has is that you can overpay to trade up and select players that you really like.

The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They are members of the Metropolitan Division of the National Hockey League's (NHL) Eastern Conference.

Report: Flyers looking for goaltender help but won't trade prospects or draft picks© Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

While the expectation for the Philadelphia Flyers is for them to push for the playoffs this season, TSN’s Bob McKenzie notes in the latest TSN "Insider Trading" that their plan isn’t to start trading away high draft picks or top prospects to get the short-term help to put them over the hump.

Instead, he reports that the two items on new Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher’s list are to look for an upgrade between the pipes and evaluate head coach Dave Hakstol to see if he should have a long-term future with the team still.

Goaltending has been an issue for Philly all season long and for quite a few years before this one. Brian Elliott has been passable but has had injury troubles, while veteran backup Michal Neuvirth has battled numerous injuries. Veteran Calvin Pickard struggled and is now gone after being waived, so Anthony Stolarz is currently up in a No. 2 role. None of these players project to be long-term starters for the team, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Flyers target someone who can serve as a reliable starter for a couple of years and serve as a bridge to top prospect Carter Hart.

Former GM Ron Hextall 'stunned' losing Flyers fired him

Former GM Ron Hextall 'stunned' losing Flyers fired him VORHEES, N.J. - Former Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall said he was stunned the Flyers fired him this week, despite their losing record. Hextall, a former Flyers goalie, was fired Monday after 4 1/2 seasons on the job. "I didn't see this coming in any way," Hextall said Friday. "I was shocked. I was stunned, yeah." The Flyers are 10-12-2 and in last place in the Eastern Conference under coach Dave Hakstol headed into Saturday's game at Pittsburgh. Flyers President Paul Holmgren said he fired Hextall because it had "become clear that we no longer share the same philosophical approach concerning the direction of the team.

After years of low drafting and traded draft picks the prospect pool is pretty shallow. They finally had a payoff and not a moment too soon as there is little help coming from the prospect pipeline. Washington has a top goalie prospect to look forward to in Ilya Samsonov, and not much else.

Looking at the top 10 prospects in this year’s class, a handful of right-handed blueliners stand out A 34-, 35-, 36-year-old … yeah, I’m not trading a young prospect for that, that helps us now and the Since joining the Flyers in June 2011 in the trade for Mike Richards, Simmonds leads all Flyers with

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  • While the Islanders would like to bring top goalie prospect Ilya Sorokin to North America as soon as possible, it doesn’t appear that his KHL team is open to letting him go. Igor Eronko of Sport-Express spoke with Sorokin’s agent who indicated that CSKA Moscow has no intention of letting him go until the expiration of his current contract in 2020. The 23-year-old is once again one of the top goalies in the KHL, posting a stellar 1.19 goals-against average with a .941 save percentage through 22 games, but it appears he’ll have to wait a while yet to join the Islanders, even if he’d like to come over after this season, as Arthur Staple of The Athletic reported earlier Wednesday.
  • The Rangers appear to be set to get some help up front in time for Saturday’s game against Florida. Newsday’s Colin Stephenson reports that wingers Pavel Buchnevich, Vladislav Namestnikov and Mats Zuccarello could all play in that game. Buchnevich has missed the better part of a month due to a broken thumb, Namestnikov has missed three straight with a concussion, while Zuccarello has played just twice in the last month due to recurring groin issues.

Report: Flyers, Dave Nonis to discuss GM opening.
Another day, another candidate in the mix to become the next Philadelphia Flyers general manager. The Flyers have received permission to speak with Dave Nonis about their open, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Nonis is currently a consultant with the Anaheim Ducks and previously served as GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks. Nonis was promoted to Maple Leafs GM in 2013 and oversaw one playoff appearance in three seasons. His notable moves included long-term extensions for Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf, plus the free-agent signing of David Clarkson. Nonis was fired following the 2014-15 campaign.

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