Six goalies have played for the Philadelphia Flyers this season and there may very well soon be a seventh.
The Flyers plucked Mike McKenna off waivers on Friday, two days after the netminder was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Vancouver Canucks. Just another day in the crease for that organization.
“Mike provides our organization added depth as we continue to battle injuries at the goaltending position,” said Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher. “He is a veteran goaltender with a tremendous amount of professional experience.”
Here’s an overview of the Flyers’ current goaltending situation:
• Michal Neuvirth is dealing with a lower-body injury, according to interim head coach Scott Gordon. He’s set to miss Saturday’s game against the Calgary Flames and is considered day-to-day. He suffered the injury during Thursday night’s loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.
• Anthony Stolarz may get back on the ice this weekend as he’s on the mend with a lower-body injury.
• Carter Hart, who is healthy, has made five starts since being called up and posted a .900 even strength save percentage.
• Alex Lyon stays in the AHL and has helped the Phantoms win three of his last four starts.
• McKenna is a 35-year-old journeyman who’s played only 34 NHL games in his career while suiting up for nearly two dozen teams in The Show and the American Hockey League since 2006-07.
• Former GM Ron Hextall is still under contract with the team.
(Calvin Pickard was claimed on waivers by the Arizona Coyotes on Nov. 29.)
The Flyers became the 14th team in NHL history to start six goalies in a season when Hart made his debut. Could McKenna help them make more history as lucky No. 7?