By @MichaelCaples –
The Detroit Red Wings just announced that they have traded Petr Mrazek to the Philadelphia Flyers.
In exchange, the Wings receive a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2019 Draft.
Mrazek, 26, was in the midst of his fourth full season with the Wings. A fifth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Draft, he has had an up-and-down relationship with the Original Six franchise. The Wings even left him off their ‘protected players’ list for the Las Vegas expansion draft last summer.
It was a bit of a surprise when the Golden Knights claimed Tomas Nosek instead of Mrazek with their Red Wings pick in the special expansion draft…as well as a major dent in his trade value.
In 166 games played, Mrazek holds a 72-58-2o record with a .912 save percentage and 2.60 goals-against average.
UPDATE: Bob McKenzie has shared the details of the ‘conditional picks’ part of the trade.
DET guaranteed no less than a 4th round for Mrazek. If PHI makes playoffs and Mrazek wins 5 games for PHI in reg season, 4th becomes a 3rd. If PHI advances to CF, and Mrazek wins six playoff games, the 3rd becomes a 2nd. If PHI re-signs him next season, DET gets PHI 3rd in 19.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 20, 2018
It is assumed that Jared Coreau will assume the position vacated by Mrazek. Coreau was an undrafted free agent signed by the Wings after three years (2010-2013) with Northern Michigan.
Coreau – who was just named the AHL’s player of the week – led the Grand Rapids Griffins to a league title last spring. He played in 14 games for the Wings last year, recording a 5-4-3 record with two shutouts in a lengthy call-up to fill in for an injured Jimmy Howard.
Since Dec. 22, Coreau holds a 13-2-3 record with a 1.92 goals-against average and .933 save percentage. He’s played a substantial role in the Griffins moving from five games under .500 to 10 games over .500 during the last 24 games.
He’s third in the AHL in wins with 20 on the season.
A monetary note about the trade, per The Athletic’s Craig Custance:
Red Wings retaining half the salary in the Mrazek trade with Philly.
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 20, 2018