Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News reports the Flyers have re-signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year, $1.5 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Seravalli noted, Mason opted to forego his $3.2 million qualifying offer as a restricted free agent to re-sign a one-year deal for half the money. Mason, acquired last week from the Columbus Blue Jackets, obviously wants to remain with the Flyers and use the opportunity to prove himself as a starting goalie.
The Flyers (pressed for cap space next season even with Chris Pronger likely going on LTIR again) probably couldn’t afford to qualify his rights. As a UFA, Mason wouldn’t have found many, if any, takers around the NHL, such has his stock fallen since his Calder Trophy season of 2008-09. Mason is only 24, and Flyers management evidently believe he can salvage his career with them.
The re-signing will further stoke speculation over Ilya Bryzgalov’s future with the club, as there’s speculation the Flyers could go the amnesty buyout route with him this summer.