There are various factors that weigh in on the uncertainty of Heeter’s future in Philadelphia. Some things are out of his control, but the things that he can control just do not seem to sway in his favor.
The St. Louis, Mo. native still has plenty of youth left in his tank, but turning 26 in November is not the most attractive situation for a guy who will most likely be a “stand by” kind of backup. Last year, Ray Emery proved the importance of a reliable backup goalie, and to be quite honest, Heeter is barely a reliable third string goalie.
Heeter had a prime opportunity to prove himself in the Flyers’ last game of the season this past year, but he choked, giving up five goals. I know one game is not much of a fair assessment, but even his numbers with the AHL‘s Adirondack Phantoms have not been anything to brag about. Last season he he posted a 16-25-2 record with a 2.65 GAA. That GAA may not seem all that bad, but if you combine it with the various levels of competition since 2006-07, it will make you want to tear your hair out. In 239 games he has posted a lousy 3.02 GAA.
Heeter has started to become overshadowed by other prospects who have futures in an orange and black sweater looking a little brighter. There are plenty of teams around the NHL looking for some goalie depth this offseason, and with Heeter becoming a free agent this summer, it would be the perfect time to try and revamp his career with another club. As far as his days as a Flyer are concerned, though, they are numbered.