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Flyers goalie prospect Carter Hart added to Phantoms' playoff roster

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Flyers goalie prospect Carter Hart added to Phantoms' playoff roster

Carter Hart is joining the Phantoms but don’t expect him to play just yet.

Hart on Tuesday joined Lehigh Valley for the remainder of the playoffs since his junior career ended with the Everett Silvertips losing in the WHL Final.

The 19-year-old will be behind Alex Lyon, Dustin Tokarski, Anthony Stolarz and John Muse on the Phantoms’ depth chart. This is strictly for experience — just like last year when he joined the Phantoms after Everett’s season ended.

In his final season of major junior, Hart led all WHL goalies with a 1.60 goals-against average, .947 save percentage and seven shutouts. He won the Del Wilson Trophy (WHL top goalie) and Four Broncos Trophy (WHL MVP).

Hart is expected to win the CHL Goaltender of the Year award for the second time, becoming the first goalie to accomplish that.

The Phantoms, down 2-0 to Toronto in the Eastern Conference Finals, will host the Marlies Wednesday night in Game 3 on NBC Sports Philadelphia+ at 7:05 p.m. 

Ryan Hartman has been traded, but he might not find out for a few days

Ryan Hartman has been traded, but he might not find out for a few days

Hey Ryan, it’s Chuck, I have something very important to tell you, please give me a call back when you get a chance.

Well, that’s awkward.

After a busy offseason already, Flyers GM Chuck Fletcher pulled off yet another trade today (see story) and the piece heading out of Philly may legitimately not know about the deal. Looks like, from his tweet, that Ryan Hartman is on vacation.

Don’t worry, Flyers fans are trying to help in any way they can to let him know.

If you recall, Hartman was the return for Wayne Simmonds last year before the trade deadline, so essentially, this deal for Tyler Pitlick is a straight swap with Simmer.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like this, it’s pretty funny. You wonder if Hartman knew it was coming. If not, enjoy the lake and wishing you all the best next season.

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Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Flyers trade Ryan Hartman to Stars in exchange for Tyler Pitlick

Well, Chuck Fletcher won't have to worry about re-signing Ryan Hartman.

That's because the Flyers' general manager traded the restricted free agent on Monday to the Stars in exchange for forward Tyler Pitlick.

"Tyler is a hard-working, versatile player who will bring speed, energy and a competitive edge to our team," Fletcher said in a release by the team.

Hartman, 24, was acquired at the Feb. 25 deadline in the Wayne Simmonds trade. The Flyers also received a 2020 fourth-round pick in that deal. Hartman, a 2013 first-round pick, scored six points (two goals, four assists) in 19 games with the Flyers. He was set to play winger on the third of fourth line in 2019-20. Fletcher last week did not rule out the chance of a prospect taking a third-line winger spot in training camp.

Pitlick, a 27-year-old who can play center or winger, is 6-foot-2, 201 pounds and appeared in only 47 games last season because of wrist surgery in February. He finished with 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in 2018-19. His best season came in 2017-18, when he scored 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 80 games with Dallas.

"I'm a physical, north-skating player," Pitlick said, via Flyers public relations. "I can score and make plays when I get the chance. I'm going to be physical and I'm going to create energy and compete as hard as I can."

Pitlick is on the final year of a three-year contract with a cap hit of $1 million. The move could help the Flyers slightly with the cap. There's a chance Hartman could have received more than $1 million on his new deal, and for more than one year. Pitlick will be off the books after 2019-20 if the Flyers decide they don't want to re-sign him. According to CapFriendly.com, the Flyers have a little over $17 million in cap space.

Fletcher still needs to handle four of the Flyers' remaining restricted free agents and figure out the team's backup goalie situation (see story).

In a span of 11 days, Fletcher has parted ways with Radko Gudas, Andrew MacDonald and Hartman, signed Kevin Hayes, traded for Matt Niskanen, Justin Braun and Pitlick, re-signed Travis Sanheim and drafted seven new Flyers prospects.

Busy times, indeed.

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