Flyers Re-Sign Steve Mason.

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.

Steve Mason gets 1 year contract extension.

Steve Mason gets 1 year 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.


  1. There could be a bigger plan here. I don’t think Philly is going to say that Mason is #1 material in a hockey pressured city right now, but maybe they do see wasted potential. The Flyers might take the route of buying out Bryz and then going for a veteran goalie via trade this summer, someone like Miller or Emery perhaps, a guy who can handle the starting role and teach Mason the ropes.

  2. That’s obviously not a picture of Mason on the left.