if they don't qualify him, who cares, as long as ML stays gone
Could've just buried Leighton in the minors and waited his contract out. He would've been gone for all intents and purposes. Mason as is also isn't any better then Leighton. The only difference is there's slight potential with Mason. Potential that's negated because he likely won't be resigned and well barely see him play.
Mason was looking for a change of scenery after Bobrovsky took over Columbus’ starting role by force. Mason said he is “just looking for the opportunity to go there and get my game back on track.” He is in the final year of a 2-year, $5.8 million deal.
“I’m super excited to get into Philadelphia,” Mason told Rogers Sportsnet. “It’s a tough place to play, fans expect the most out of their goaltenders. I’m looking forward to getting into a market like that. When you’re playing well as a goaltender in that situation, there is no better situation.”
Mason said he re-tooled his game last summer with the Blue Jackets’ goaltending coach, calming down his style. His save percentage averages under .900 over the last 4 seasons since winning the Calder, but he is still young.
“We’ve changed a couple things, with the depth I’ve been taking off the rush. When your calm, the game seems to hit your sometimes,” Mason said. “It’s definitely a great feeling. With the players they have in that organization, and the history they have there ... I’m really just looking forward to starting off on the good fit.”
Now, with Mason in the fold, it sure seems as if the Flyers have plans to use the amnesty clause on Bryzgalov in the summer. The Flyers would still be required to pay Bryzgalov his remaining salary, over a longer period of years, but they would be relieved of his salary cap hit and he would become a free agent.
How much of a sign is it that the Flyers might be cutting Bryzgalov loose in the summer? Mason is due more than a $3 million qualifying offer as a restricted free agent to retain his rights. With him and Bryzgalov, the Flyers would be spending a franchise-high $8.7-plus million on goaltenders.
It's not that people are valuing a 3rd to much. It's that Mason has basically no value (since he's a RFA at the end of the season and a stupid QO amount that would be dumb to offer, also other than his rookie year he's been one of the worst goalies in the NHL) and a 3rd has some value. So it seems stupid to give away something for a thing that is worthless.
I thought the Flyers don't own a 3rd this year. I believe that a 3rd was sent to Phoenix for Bryzgalov and then the other third they acquired from Florida (Versteeg) went to either Tampa Bay or Dallas.
The flyers have thrie own third ound pick. the 3rd round for grossman was the pick from the wild for powe
So we only give up the third-round pick if we don't make the play-offs this year? If so, I think it's a great trade. I like Mason, but I also realize he's played poorly these past couple of years. Still, hoping for a return to form.