The Philadelphia Flyers have been known for making puzzling trades and signings in recent years, and it’s safe to say that the contract recently given to goalie Steve Mason can go down as another one on that list.
Apparently the Flyers like what they have seen from Mason after they made a risky move trading for him last season. Since he has performed in a one-year, $1.5 million deal signed this offseason, management has rewarded him with a $12.3 million contract for the next three seasons.
It’s quite shocking to say the least. Even though Mason has a Calder Memorial Trophy under his belt thanks to a stellar 2008-09 rookie season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, he has failed to replicate that success in his other years in the NHL and his career has been up-and-down so far. His stint with the Flyers hasn’t been any different, and he has been incredibly hot and cold through extended stretches.
This season alone, Mason started the year on a tear but hasn’t been at his best recently, posting a .895 save percentage in the last 17 games since the start of December. The Flyers still see the potential in him – after all he’s only 25 – and believe he can turn the corner with some stability, but if the previous years are of any indication, that doesn’t seem likely.
The Flyers now will have Mason as their No. 1 goalie until the end of the 2017 season, but it remains to be seen if the move will pan out. There is risk in any kind of extension, but this seems to be another strange move pulled out by GM Paul Holmgren.