Philadelphia Flyers fans should be pretty optimistic about what the team has done this season. Captain Claude Giroux has been re-signed, the team has filled the gaps with their goaltending situation, and Ron Hextall is finally back with the team.
So, let’s talk about the goaltending situation.
It’s believed that Steve Mason will start since the Flyers said he would be the starter after they amnestied Ilya Bryzgalov. However, since signing Ray Emery, there’s been a lot of talk about a starting goaltending competition. So, which goalie is likely to win the goaltending start next season?
Neither. Well, at least not in the beginning of the season.
The general consensus thus far is, rather than picking one goalie to immediately start for the majority of Flyers games, the team will utilize a 50/50 tandem split. This option seems the most logical, especially in the beginning of the season.
Emery did really well in Chicago last season, and the Flyers are really familiar with his playing style, so he stands a good chance of stealing the starting position from Mason. Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette has already said he really likes Emery and remembers being interested in him when he saw him playing for the Flyers back in 2010.
However, even though the coach favors him, that doesn’t mean that Mason is going to get pushed into the backup position again. Mason only played seven games with the Flyers last season, so he definitely needs to do something to prove himself, which he will during training camp.
So, who will ultimately get the starting spot? At this point, it’s too early to tell, but at least for the first few months, the Flyers are likely to have the two goalies share the net.