Philadelphia Flyers, G Steve Mason agree to extension

Jan 16, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers goalie Steve Mason (35) makes a save against the Nashville Predators during the third period at Wells Fargo Center. The Predators defeated the Flyers, 4-3 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced earlier in the week that he Philadelphia Flyers and their goalie, Steve Mason, have agreed to a three year contract extension. The contract is worth a reported $12.3 million a year.

According to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Flyers chose the right time to sign Mason to an extension.

Mason was slated to become a restricted free agent July 1.

The 25-year-old Mason is 19-11-5 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .917 save percentage entering Philadelphia’s game against the New York Islanders on Saturday night. Mason was acquired from Columbus last April, and has become the team’s No. 1 goalie.

Mason played well despite the team’s poor start and has helped the Flyers into playoff contention. The Flyers are 23-12-5 since a 1-7 start.

Mason is relieved that the contract talks are over, and now he can focus more on hockey. From NHL.com,

“It’s nice to have that in the rearview mirror now,” he said after the Flyers rallied to beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Saturday. “I’m looking forward to being here for the foreseeable future.”

Do you think keeping Mason around for three more years was a good move for the Flyers? Leave a comment below.

 

Topics: NHL, Philadelphia Flyers, Steve Mason

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