Petr Mrazek’s Road to Becoming the Carolina Hurricanes #1

RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 29: Petr Mrazek #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes enters the ice during warmups with teammates Dougie Hamilton #19 and Sebastian Aho #20 prior to an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on October 29, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NC - OCTOBER 29: Petr Mrazek #34 of the Carolina Hurricanes enters the ice during warmups with teammates Dougie Hamilton #19 and Sebastian Aho #20 prior to an NHL game against the Calgary Flames on October 29, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images) /
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Goaltender Petr Mrazek with the Philadelphia Flyers
PHILADELPHIA, PA – APRIL 07: Petr Mrazek #34 of the Philadelphia Flyers warms up against the New York Rangers on April 7, 2018, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images) /

Philadelphia Flyers

On February 19th, 2018, the Red Wings sent Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for two draft picks.  Then-GM Ron Hextall needed help in goal, as his tandem of Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth were both battling injuries.  For Mrazek, it was a shot at redemption.

Everything started off well enough as he promptly won his first three games with the Flyers, allowing a total of four goals.  His first loss, oddly enough, came against the Hurricanes in a game where Mrazek surrendered 4 goals on 35 shots.

This marked the start of a rough streak that saw the netminder lose eight of his next ten decisions.  The Flyers made it into the postseason, drawing a matchup with their cross-state rivals from Pittsburgh.  Elliott was healthy and back in the starter’s spot, limiting Mrazek to an unimpressive relief appearance in Game One of that series.

Pittsburgh eliminated the Flyers in six games, marking the end of Philadelphia’s season and Mrazek’s run in the City of Brotherly Love.  In hindsight, it was a good move for the goalie’s career.  During the 2018-19 season, Philadelphia utilized eight goaltenders, finding little consistency outside of the emergence of young Carter Hart.

Regular season:

  • 17-18: 17; 6-6-3; 3.22; .891; 1

Playoffs:

  • 17-18: 1; 0-0-0; 3.87; .857; 0

With Philadelphia declining to make a qualifying offer, Mrazek entered the free-agent market, set to join his third team in just over six months.