Flyers Sign G Steve Mason to One-Year Extension

General Manager Paul Holmgren announced this afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. Mason was acquired in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.

The 24-year-old goaltender busted onto the NHL scene back in 2008. In his rookie season, he posted a 33-20-7 record with the Blue Jackets, posting ten shutouts, and owning an impressive .916 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.

Since then, he has a record of 63-99-27 with a combined save percentage of .898 and a goals against average of 3.10. To say that it has been a recent struggle for the man would be an understatement. Compounding the problem, former-Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky has taken the number one spot in Columbus, forcing Mason out the door.

He has already had his first taste of action as a Philadelphia Flyer, relieving Ilya Bryzgalov in a 4-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday afternoon. He stopped all nine shots he faced in the third period of that contest.

Mason had been a pending restricted free agent at the end of the season, potentially commanding a qualifying offer of $3.2 million in the summer. 

This move potentially complicates the already-complicated goaltending situation in Philadelphia with the summer looming. Mason told reporters on Monday that it still remains his plan to be the number one goaltender next season.

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