Well, we need to make the playoffs first. This defense, if nothing else, has proven how overrated it is. They are making the same kind of mistakes and turnovers they were making earlier in the season. The difference? Mason was bailing them out with unbelievable saves earlier in the season.
Now, all of the sudden, Mason is simply "pedestrian", but the turnovers and gaffes have not stopped. Coburn has been absolutely BRUTAL, despite logging a ton of minutes. Timonen hasn't been fantastic defensively (or offensively). Steady Grossmann has had his share of womp womps this season.
Even after a couple of tough recent games, his SV% is .917, which is exactly the same as Bob and MAF. It's better than goalies are who better than him, including Lundqvist and Halak. So, I'm not sure what the problem is with locking up a guy who is still in a good position in terms of stats, attitude, and keeping the Flyers in games. 4 million is probably a steal.
well like I said. I want to see how Mason is when it matters. right now he has shown he is a streaky goalie. got hot and now he is in a funk. Is that all on him? probably not but hes not making the saves he was in October and November.
I want to see how he handles playoff pressure or at the very least hockey in late March and early April when they could be fighting for their playoff lives.
I do agree that this defensive group as a whole isnt very good. Dont really have a group of defenseman who compliment each other well. they are kinda just thrown together.
Maybe it's because of what we went through watching Leighton and Bryz, but I never feel going into a game that Mason will be the team's Achilles' heel. Very rarely does he not give this team a chance to win. And if they didn't re-sign Mason to a deal like this, what would be the alternative?
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 10m Now if only the #Flyers can add a stud D-man to help Mason....
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 11m Considering that Price signed a 6 yr deal for $6.5M per year in 2012,#Flyers got a bargain with Mason (3 years, $4.1M per).
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 15m This is not a knock on Bryz _ who I like _ but the locker room is so much more cohesive with Mason.
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 17m Mason's attitude makes him one of the most popular players on the team. That should not be overlooked. He adds greatly to team chemistry.
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 17m Mason, who will start tonight vs. Isles, has good numbers, and is a GREAT teammate who takes responsibility for his play.
Sam Carchidi @BroadStBull · 22m I thought Mason would get at least $4.5M per, so Flyers did well. And Mason gets security of knowing he is here for 3 1/2 more yrs.
I like it. Even while Mason's play has trailed off slightly as of late, it's a statement of trust by the organization at a fair price. And hearing that Mason is a great locker room presence makes it even better.
Would have liked for it to be under 4 but I like the length so all in all I'm happy with it. I know he's had his struggles as of late but the team as a whole defensively has been worse so there's that to consider as well.