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Analyzing the Steve Mason extension

The Philadelphia Flyers signed Steve Mason to a three-year $12.1 million contract on Saturday, resulting in a $4.1 million cap hit for the club. Since being acquired from Columbus late in the 2013 season, Mason has been a bit of a lightning rod. After winning the Calder Trophy in his rookie campaign, Mason followed it up with three and a half years of very poor play. However, after joining the Flyers he played exceptionally well. It led to some fervent debates about whether Mason had turned over a new leaf. When judging a contract, I firmly believe you need to …

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Looking at some Matt Read contract comparables, Homer deserves further praise

After what has already been, arguably, Paul Holmgren’s most impressive offseason to date he went and re-signed Matt Read to a bargain of a four year contract on Friday. At four years and only $3.625 million on the cap, my initial reaction was elation at the cap number. I had thought for some time now, that the Flyers might have to trade Read because of their young nucleus of players all reaching free agency (be it restricted or unrestricted) at about the same time. What a pleasant surprise it is to see Read come in at such a cap-friendly number. …

Timonen

As playoffs chances dwindle, Timonen extension makes less sense

In early February the Philadelphia Flyers extended the heart of their defense corps, Kimmo Timonen, for one season. At the time, there was a fair share of debate as to whether it was the right move. As the Flyers inch closer to missing the playoffs, my distaste for the decision increases. From a hockey perspective, it made perfect sense to re-sign the 38 year old defenseman. On a mightly struggling blueline, Timonen was a steadying presence. While you can argue he has lost a step, he is still an incredibly valuable member of the group. When you look at the …

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Timonen to come back for one more year

There have been rumblings, which finally came true. The steadiest defenseman to patrol the Philadelphia Flyers blueline since Eric Desjardins has decided to return for one more season. Kimmo Timonen will be back in Orange and Black in 2013-14, thanks to a one-year deal worth $6,000,000. Eklund was first with the news, citing an undisclosed teammate on Wednesday night who hinted that the 37-year-old Finn was going to re-up. Timonen has contributed 28 goals and 211 points over 327 regular-season games since coming over in a July, 2007 deal, and has soldiered through a number of injuries as he has …

Giroux

With new CBA, what will it cost to sign Giroux?

Claude Giroux’s current contract expires, and he will become a restricted free agent, after the 2013-2014 season. Many Flyers fans fear the possibility of an offer sheet especially after signing Shea Weber to an offer sheet this past summer. In the expired Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), a player could not sign a contract extension until they were in the final year of their contract. I don’t expect this stipulation to change, so come July 1, 2013, when the new League Year begins, Giroux will officially be eligible to sign a contract extension with the Flyers. I don’t think the Flyers’ …