According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers have reached an agreement on an extension for goaltender Steve Mason, announced by the team today. The deal is reported to be for 3-years, $12.3 million.
Mason will receive a nice raise from his current one-year, $1.5-million dollar deal he signed last year after being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets for Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. His AAV equals out to just over $4 million a year ($4.1M). However, unlike previous contracts handed out to players, the Flyers aren’t in bad shape from a years-standpoint, as according to the Philly Daily News’ Frank Serevalli, the team didn’t want to go any further than three years while they still weren’t sure which Mason they had – the 2008-09 version who won the Calder Trophy as the best rookie in the league, or the Mason who had lost all confidence before coming to Philadelphia.
After being acquired by the Flyers, Mason finished the 2012-2013 season with a 4-2 record in seven games played with a 1.90 GAA and a .944 SV%, leading Flyers fans and management to believe they finally had found the number one goalie that so desperately wanted.
However, after a great start to the 2013-14 season, Mason’s play has fallen off a bit. Before December 7th versus the Dallas Stars, Mason had only allowed more than two goals in a game seven times in 20 starts, with the most being three goals allowed. However, since the 7th, Mason has allowed three goals or more in seven of his last 16 starts, including five starts where he allowed four or more goals. His record this year stands at 19-11-5, with a .917 SV% and a 2.48 GAA, both of which come in much higher than the small sample size he showed last year.
This extension will keep Mason in the orange and black until 2017, when barring any further extensions and unforeseen circumstances, Flyers prospect Anthony Stolarz should be ready to come in full-time.