Red Wings Trade Mrazek to Flyers for Future Draft Picks

DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 18: Mitch Marner
DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 18: Mitch Marner /

Late on Monday night, the Detroit Red Wings completed the move of Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers.

The goaltender heads to Philadelphia for a guaranteed conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 draft.

Bob McKenzie of TSN gives a breakdown of the terms of the trade.

Additionally, according to Craig Custance of the Athletic Detroit, the Red Wings will retain half of Mrazek’s salary.

Mrazek leaves the Red Wings with a total of 176 appearances in net with a record 76-64-20. The 26-year-old Czech joined the organization in 2010 as a fifth-round draft pick. Shortly after, in 2011, he signed an entry-level contract.

During his time in the minors, Mrazek won the Calder Cup with the Grand Rapids Griffins in the 2012-13 season.

Mrazek produced some great moments during his time with the Wings. One of our favorites was this save against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2014-15 playoffs.

Trade Outlook

Jimmy Howard will now be the Red Wings outright no.1 option in net. The two goaltenders had been sharing playing time the past few weeks with Howard originally starting out as the Red Wings outright starter at the beginning of the season.

Now that Mrazek is in Philly, it will be interesting to see how this affects Howard’s game. There will no longer be the competition that existed between the two to become the outright starter. For the past few seasons, the two seem to have been constantly switching places at different points in the season.

The new backup will be no other than Jared Coreau who has not been a feature in the lineup this year as he was during the winter months last season. He has yet to make an appearance this season for the Wings but has been having a good season in the American Hockey League.

In fact, Coreau was just named the AHL’s Player of the Week. He posted a shutout in both of his appearances last week for the Griffins.

His call-up to the Red Wings was announced shortly after his recognition. Prospect Matej Machovsky was moved up from Toledo to Grand Rapids as a result.

So where does that leave the Red Wings draft outlook for 2018? Five draft picks will come in the first three rounds.

This could be a very good draft for the organization if they can play their cards right. The Red Wings picked up some great young talent in the 2017 draft and 2018 looks to be another crop of players to certainly be excited about.