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Sources: Carter Hart will stick with Flyers for rest of season

Sources: Carter Hart will stick with Flyers for rest of season

VOORHEES, N.J. — The future of Flyers goaltending is finally here, together, in the present.

Carter Hart and Anthony Stolarz will be the 1-2 punch in net coming out of the Flyers' bye week. Hart will start Monday against the Jets and Stolarz on Tuesday against the Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Where it goes from there hasn’t been determined. 

Hart had a tune-up Saturday in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with the Phantoms and was touched for three goals. He made 32 saves in Lehigh Valley's 4-1 loss to the Sound Tigers, but did he actually need the additional work?

“I don’t know,” Hart said. “It was good to get out there again and feel some pucks. I think it was important that we got a good practice (Sunday) and shake off some of the rust.”

If anything, it was good for Hart to see some old Lehigh Valley teammates, although he doesn’t expect to share a locker stall in Allentown again this season, if at all.

Sources close to the organization say Hart will stay with the Flyers for the remainder of the regular season, even though he hasn’t been told anything and continues to live out of a hotel close to the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees, New Jersey.

“I don’t think anybody really would know how this would play out,” interim coach Scott Gordon said. “But just handling the pressure of playing in the NHL, coming in at the time of when he came in with a new GM and a new coach, I think he’s shown that there’s a lot more to him than what he has shown on the ice.”

Same can be said regarding Stolarz, who has battled through a lower-body injury he suffered Dec. 15 in Vancouver in the first period of the Flyers' 5-1 loss. The original prognosis was a two-to-four week timetable that turned into six weeks. Stolarz made two rehab starts with the Phantoms, his latest was a 44-save effort last Monday.    

“The second game was obviously much better for me just in terms of timing, pace, my patience in the net,” Stolarz said. “I felt really good after the second game. They felt it was enough so it was nice to get a couple days off after that and re-charge your body.”

On the ice, it’s another juggling act for the coaching staff. They'll have to get work for three different goaltenders as Mike McKenna appears to be the odd-man out.

Both McKenna and Stolarz would have to clear waivers to join the Phantoms. The Flyers were successful in sending Stolarz down before the season opener, however, that may be too risky of a move now with teams looking for depth because of injuries. 

“I can’t look too far into the future but that’s the game plan,” Gordon said of Hart starting Monday and Stolarz on Tuesday.

It’s certainly a game plan a passionate fan base has been waiting for.

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

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Flyers, James van Riemsdyk release statements amid Philadelphia protests following George Floyd's death

Updated: 5:50 p.m.

In late March, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher opened a conference call with an acknowledgement and a message of gratitude for those working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

"I just wanted to mention that before we started talking about the small piece of the world that I work in which is ice hockey," Fletcher said then.

Hockey didn't feel in the realm of importance to the world's current events at the time. Right now, it doesn't come close to the magnitude of the country's current events.

Fletcher and the Flyers respectfully postponed the general manager's scheduled media availability for Monday in light of what has transpired following the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Floyd was killed in police custody after Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into the 46-year-old black man's neck.

Starting on Saturday, joining others across the United States, protests focused on racial injustice began in Philadelphia and continued through Monday.

The Flyers released the following statement Tuesday morning via their Twitter account:

We don't have the answers, but this much we know ...

We believe in racial equality without exception, and our hearts are broken.

For Philadelphia and the nation, we join the chorus calling for justice, the elimination of systemic racism, unity and peace.

James van Riemsdyk, the Flyers' NHLPA representative who lives in Minnesota and is from Middletown, New Jersey, shared a message on his Instagram account Tuesday night.

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Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

Flyers Talk podcast: Head of strength and conditioning Chris Osmond gives insight on team's adjustments

On the latest Flyers Talk podcast, NBC Sports Philadelphia's Katie Emmer and Jordan Hall are joined by special guest Chris Osmond, the Flyers' head of strength and conditioning.

From Osmond's insight on the Flyers' fitness to our analysis on prospects/awards, let's dive in:

1:00 — Which defenseman will climb the fastest to the Flyers — Egor Zamula, Wyatte Wylie, Linus Hogberg or Wyatt Kalynuk?

7:05 — Osmond discusses the Flyers' daily questionnaire with players

9:40 — Ivan Provorov has a unique style of working out

11:45 — The big adjustments Osmond has had to make with players in quarantine

15:45 — What will be the toughest challenge for the Flyers leading up to a possible resumption?

• 17:25 — The importance of a good diet for Carter Hart and the team

• 19:00 — "None of us have been through this" 

20:10 — Osmond loves the Flyers' victory song

24:50 — Is Sean Couturier the Selke Trophy winner?

29:20 — Who is Alain Vigneault's biggest competition for the Jack Adams Award?

40:00 — Which former Flyer would we pick to be our favorite teammate?

• 45:15 — A taste of the "Marathon on Ice"

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