The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly re-signed goaltender Steve Mason to a three-year, $12.3 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s an average annual cap hit of $4.1 million, a significant raise over the one-year, $1.5 million deal he’s currently on, and more than the $2.9 million per season he earned on his last contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
While some critics might suggest it’s a tad high, it’s considerably lower than what his predecessor (Ilya Bryzgalov) was making. It’s also not for a ridiculously long period, giving the Flyers more time to fully evaluate Mason before investing long term in his services. He’s currently 19-11-15 with a 2.48 GAA, a .917 SP with one shutout.
This move doesn’t come as a surprise as it was widely expected the Flyers would re-sign Mason. He’s been their best player for most of this season, especially earlier on when the Flyers were floundering in the standings. He gave them a chance to win on most nights, a trend which hasn’t changed since those dark days. For the first time in years, the Flyers finally seem to have a reliable starting goaltender.