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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason, Expectation and Reality

Through the first seven games of the 2013-2014 Philadelphia Flyers season, the early storyline in the Philadelphia crease has been the rise of Steve Mason. The 25 year old has earned 5 starts to Emery’s 2 and looked good in the process, posting a 2.23 GAA and .926 SV%. He may have a record of 1-4, but the mood in Philadelphia surrounding the promising young goaltender is almost unanimously positive. There are some who caution that his current level of play is probably not sustainable – including Justin Brennan here on CtC last week – but for the most part, …

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What’s Ilya Bryzgalov been up to?

Vegas, baby! Bryz is actually with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, patiently waiting for an NHL team to call. In my mind, however, he is performing a one man show before a packed house every night.

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Crashing the Crease: Steve Mason and the Case for Temperance

Steve Mason, traded to the Flyers a little over six months ago, has quickly become the talk of the town when it comes to goaltending. His 0.944 save percentage in the seven games he played last season caught the attention of fans and Flyers management alike. Given Mason’s struggles in Columbus and the Flyers well-documented sojourn with Ilya Bryzgalov, it was a pleasant relief for both parties to find such a seemingly good fit. Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, who had just watched former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky set the league alight with game after game of spectacular goaltending in Columbus, saw …

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Podcast Ep 74: Before the Fire

On this edition of the Flyers Faithful Podcast, Steve and Hal take a look at the Philadelphia Flyers’ horrid 0-3 start on the night before head coach Peter Laviolette was fired. Topics include Claude Giroux and Jakub Voracek dealing with injuries, Vincent Lecavalier centering the Flyers’ one consistently effective line, Laviolette’s system and the disconnect with the personnel, Paul Holmgren’s plan (or lack thereof), the joys of social media, and more! Flyers Faithful Podcast Episode 74: Before the Fire Be sure to check back later today for our interview with Bill Meltzer from the night of Laviolette’s firing. You can listen to the episode …

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Saving Steve Mason

“No, it never does. I mean, these people somehow delude themselves into thinking it might, but… but it might work for us.” – Dr. Tobias Funke I’ve noticed a curious thing throughout the preseason and start of the regular season: people are going out of their way to defend Steve Mason. What is it about Steve Mason that elicits this reaction? He has one excellent year under his belt, followed by a whole boatload of meh. Mason won the Calder in his rookie season with a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 61 games back in 2008-2009. …