Carter Hart
Carter Hart is in a serious funk so he’s staying late at practice so he stops sucking. Can the Flyers goalie turn things around? (Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports)

Carter Hart Staying Late At Practice So He Stops Sucking

Side tangent real quick before I begin, I can’t write this unbiased right now. I drafted Carter Hart 69th overall (NICE) in my fantasy hockey league. To this point, Hart has been nothing but swiss cheese and has single handily cost me two wins, or else I’d be in first. He should be on America’s most wanted as far as I’m concerned right now.

Okay, angry Trey aside, Hart stinks. That’s me being nice. Credit to Hart, however, it sounds like the young netminder has a good head on his shoulders. Hart is staying late at practice trying to get better so he stops sucking.

VIA NBC Philadelphia:

“Carter Hart and Kim Dillabaugh were the last to leave the ice at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone on Wednesday.

The Flyers’ practice started at noon ET and ended around 12:32 p.m. ET. Hart and Dillabaugh departed the ice at 1:15 p.m. ET. The quietness of the empty rink and the simplicity of a conversation probably felt cathartic for Hart, just as imperative as the extra work done after practice.

The night before, Hart sounded emotionally spent. His emotions were hardly visible postgame as his Flyers Warriors hat casted a shadow over his eyes and his surgical mask covered the bottom half of his face. But the emotion was heard in his voice.”

Thatta boy, Carter. Stay with it. It’s no secret that the Flyers goalie has been awful this season. Hart, 22, through 15 outings is 6-5-3 with a 3.61 goals-against average and .888 save percentage. That’s not close to good enough and Hart knows it.

“It’s just sh—y right now,” Hart said. “I don’t feel like myself and I’ve got to find a way to get back into playing the game that I love and trusting the game that I’ve built.”

“I’m just trying to stop the puck and right now I’m not — it’s plain and simple,” Hart said. “I just need to find a way to get back on track because I’m not playing well. I know it, everyone knows it and it’s hard right now. But the boys battled back and that’s all that matters.”

For now, Hart will ride his ass on my bench (and the Flyers bench in favor of Brian Elliott) moving forward until he gets his shit figured out. A year ago, Hart went 24-13-3 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. That guy is somewhere in the tank. We just have to find it again.