Steve Mason Inks Extension with Flyers

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By: Andrew Dintino (@AndrewD_TOU)

Goaltending hasn’t exactly been a forte for the Philadelphia Flyers organization in recent years. After all of his predecessors failed to provide stability in the net, Ilya Bryzgalov was brought in to put an end to this endless plight.

That backfired. Bryzgalov and his monstrous contract were bought out this past offseason.

The vacancy in net made way for Steve Mason, the 25-year old goaltender  who had been acquired from Columbus, to prove his capability as a starter. His short stint with the Flyers at the conclusion of the 2012-13 campaign made a positive impression on the management, giving them the confidence to buy-out Bryzgalov.

This season, having been awarded the starting job, Steve Mason has been nothing short of impressive. Throughout his team’s early season struggles, Mason was the club’s best player, having been solid in between the pipes each night.

Mason has compiled a record of 19-11-5, recording a save percentage of .917 and a goals allowed average of 2.48. He has alleviated the fears of Flyers fans.

For his impressive play, the former Calder-winning goaltender has been rewarded with a contract extension, which was first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

A follow-up report from Elliotte Friedman of Hockey Night in Canada indicated that this is a three-year deal worth $12.3 million. That is an annual average value of $4.1 million.

Overall, this is a fantastic deal for both sides. Having learned a lesson from their previous foible with Ilya Bryzgalov, the Flyers kept the terms of the deal short. The bridge deal allows for Mason to continue to prove his worth over the course of the next few years.

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