The Flyers announced on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with 24-year old netminder Anthony Stolarz on a one-year, two-way contract worth $761,250.
Stolarz, a second-round pick in 2012, is coming off a 2017-18 season which saw him appear in just four games – 1 with Lehigh Valley and 3 with Reading in the ECHL. The cause was a torn left meniscus suffered in early September which was the second time Stolarz had injured that same knee in under a year.
The timing couldn’t have been worse for the 6’6″ goalkeeper as he was coming off a 2016-17 season where he went 18-9 with Lehigh Valley and finished with a .911 save percentage in 29 appearances. 2016-17 also saw Stolarz make his NHL debut and appear in seven games with the Flyers posting a 2.07 GAA with a .928 save percentage to boot going into a contract year.
With Stolarz staying in orange and black, Lehigh Valley has a bit of a logjam in goal with Alex Lyon returning after a great 2017-18 season and top goaltending prospect Carter Hart joining the team and warranting lots of playing time which leaves Stolarz as the odd man out. The Phantoms could carry all three on their roster with one being scratched on game day or they can loan Stolarz to another AHL team. He would remain under the Flyers’ control and could not be called up by the NHL affiliate of whichever team he was loaned to if Hextall chooses to go that route.
With both Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth in the final year of their contracts, the Flyers goaltending situation will be wide open in 2019 so it’s safe to say this upcoming season looms large for Stolarz and he must remain healthy if he wants to earn another contract with the Flyers.
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