The Philadelphia Flyers were hoping to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender this season but thus far through their first 34 games of the season they have not lived up to those lofty expectations to say the least. As a result both former Flyers general manager Ron Hextall and former flyers head coach Dave Hakstol were fired this season but overall the team has not shown a great deal of improvement in spite of the major changes.
The Flyers have had one bright spot on their roster since the changes were implemented and that has been the play of rookie goaltender Carter Hart, although he stumbled in his last performance. That being said it appears that the Flyers are not prepared to rely on the efforts of a rookie goaltender to save their season and there are now reports that the team is looking to make a major upgrade between the pipes.
The Flyers goaltending this season, out side of two very strong performances from Hart, has been nothing short of atrocious and the team is reportedly now targeting a star goaltender on another of the National Hockey League's struggling franchise. On Saturday Sportsnet's NHL insider Nick Kypreos commented on the fact that the Flyers are now attempting to acquire Jonathan Quick from the Los Angeles Kings.
"The Flyers are certainly looking for a veteran goaltender,"began Kypreos. "There is some link between Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings and the Flyers. I don't think that they are in contract talks, but we believe there has been a conversation. In saying that I would not be surprising if those links start heating up after the new year."
Jonathan Quick would certainly prove to be an excellent mentor for young Carter Hart and it would also allow the Flyers to give their rookie goaltender playing time without also placing the massive expectations of their fan base on his shoulders. Additionally after this current season Quick has 4 more years left on his current deal which means he would provide the Flyers long term security in goal, provided he is able to remain healthy and consistent at 32 years of age.
No word from Kypreos on what it will take to pry Quick from the Kings, but it's likely going to cost the Flyers quite a bit if they make this move.