With less than two weeks to go before the NHL’s February 26th trade deadline all eyes are on Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland. The Wings are once again in the NHL basement and head into the deadline as clear deadline day sellers. His biggest trade chip without a doubt is defenseman Mike Green, but don’t be surprised if Holland decides to ship out goaltender Petr Mrazek, as well.
According to a report from The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun, Mrazek could be in play on the trade market. Specifically, LeBrun points to the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders as potential destinations for the 26 year-old goaltender.
LeBrun’s colleague Craig Custance points out that, while Mrazek is a pending RFA, it’s likely that the Wings, or any team that acquires him, likely will not qualify him at his current $4 million price tag. This means that Mrazek is much more likely to hit the open market as a UFA this offseason, which in turn makes him a much more appealing rental option for contending teams.
The problem here is that the trade market for goalies is not great. “I would say overall, it’s pretty quiet,” said one GM in discussion with Custance. “It’s such a high-profile demanding position but there hasn’t been a ton of (trades).”
But, like LeBrun asserts, if Holland can convince Flyers GM Ron Hextall or Islanders GM Garth Snow that Mrazek is the solution to their problems… anything is possible.