The Philadelphia Flyers have had goaltending prospect Anthony Stolarz up with their NHL club for the last few weeks, letting him sit backup to starter Steve Mason while backup Michal Neuvirth is out with injury.
Now, though, the club has reassigned Stolarz back to the AHL’s Lehigh Valley Phantoms with just three games left to play, which leaves the club with Neuvirth backing up Mason for the first time since getting injured in March.
The Flyers still have one extra goaltender at the NHL level if they need him, as the club inked former tandem netminder Ray Emery to an ATO earlier last week to fill in as a third goaltender through the end of the year. For now, though, the assumption is that Neuvirth is back at full strength, which leaves the team with the tandem that has been strongest for them this season.
Stolarz will head back to the Phantoms with just a few games of the AHL regular season left to play, but that should still give him a few starts before his spring is over. The 6 foot 6 prospect, drafted by Philadelphia in the second round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft out of the NAHL’s Chorpus Christi Ice Rays before spending time in both the NCAA and the OHL, will return to the minor league club with a 19-15-7 record for them this year and a .916 save percentage in all situations.