Mason's Agent Expects Extension Soon
The agent of newly acquired goaltender Steve Mason, Anon Thun, expects the Flyers and the goaltender to come to agreement on a one-year contract extension shortly.
The extension will give Mason a chance to compete with now starter Ilya Bryzgalov for the top goalie spot. Mason was acquired from Columbus before the trade deadline for a 2015 3rd round pick and Michael Leighton
This was all speculation yesterday when Mason was acquired. With Bryzgalov boasting a massive contract it's rumored the Flyers could amnesty Bryzgalov's contract, freeing up a ton of money to get themsleves salary cap complient.
"My job is to come in here and become the goaltender the organization believes I can be -- and that’s to be a number 1 goaltender," Mason said today.
Mason carries a $2.9 million cap hit that is a part of the two-year, $5.8 million deal he signed with Columbus two years ago. Thun said Mason will make less than that.
“Yeah, the number will be lower than that,” Thun said. “We’re pressing the reset button here. Steve understands that and he wanted to be in Philadelphia.”
Thun said that Mason will not settle for being a back-up in the NHL. At 24, Mason and his agent still believe that he is a starter and not a permanent back-up in the NHL.
“That’s the whole point of coming here," Thun said. "He didn’t come here to be a permanent backup. He’s got two years left before he’s an unrestricted free agent. He came here basically to press that reset button and compete for the No. 1 job with Mr. Bryzgalov.”
In 13 games this season, Mason is 3-6 with a 2.95 GAA and .899 save percentage. He lost the starting job to former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bryzgalov will start tonight against Toronto. Mason could start this weekend.