Flyers ink Mason to extension

As expected, the Flyers have re-upped goaltender Steve Mason.

The club revealed on Monday morning that it’s a one-year extension worth a reported $1.5 million.

Mason came over from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade deadline deal last Wednesday for Michael Leighton and a third-round draft pick in 2015, and made his Philly debut in the third period of a 4-1 loss at Winnipeg on Saturday.

The 24-year-old is due $3.2 million this season and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent in July.

Cap-friendly deal? Yep.

Primed for controversy? Also yes.

Mason, a fallen Calder Trophy winner, wants to regain the form which took him to the top of the profession four years ago. But standing in the way is starter Ilya Bryzgalov, and more to the point, the perception of Bryzgalov’s failures here.

On one hand, Bryz finally has a bona fide “backup,” which Peter Laviolette  has to trust to play more than Leighton and Brian Boucher, but on the other, it’s a backup who once was a starter.

Mason has made it public that he intends to be the #1 guy here, a position which is ripe for discussion, analysis and controversy.

Stay tuned to MSM Theater as the story unfolds.