Yep, Stewart did the same thing too. You just have to qualify them at whatever raise it is, but you can agree to a salary reduction like any other negotiation.
You don't have to give a qualifying offer. You only do if you want to retain their rights. If you don't give them a QO, they become a UFA.
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Personally, I would have spent a little more time "hands on" with him, evaluate him in practices and games, talk to the coaches (goalie coach too of course) and get a feel for what they think going forward with him. Use the remainder of the year as a tryout with him and then talk extension. As opposed to beginning these talks one day after he arrived...but I'm not a GM. He's not getting his qualifying offer anyhow ($3.2 million). He had to price himself down into the market and assure himself an NHL job for next season.
For the stats lovers out there...(if I have this right)
Mason's first 24 career games: 14-9-1, 1.74 GAA, .939 save pct., 6 SO
Mason's next 198 games: 82-90-26, 3.04 GAA, .899 save pct., 13 SO
Good luck to him. Of course, CBJ and Philly are in the same division next year, so not too much.
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Actually a better deal than I thought Philly could squeeze out of him. That's a significant cut in pay but given his numbers Mason was lucky to get this and not a two way deal after the season.
I wish Mason luck but until he gets over himself and straightens out his head he'll continue to be a high risk guy with a lot of potential. If he weren't as big a head case and listened to coaches he wouldn't be in this position.
Oh well, good luck Mase. Here's hoping you pay the CBJ back with a few softies when we play.
Wouldn't be surprised for him to do well with this 1 year deal, and then having success once again go to his head and then come back to Earth. I don't dislike the Flyers so I would hope that in this scenario they wouldn't give him a deal like the Jackets did that hamstrung us until now.
Hes got time on his side. Hes still only 24 years old. I mean James Reimer broke into the league at 24. Kids already got 5 years of experience. However its unfortunate that hes gotta try and pull off a miracle in philly of all places.