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Mason to make first Flyers start tonight? (Update: Nope)

Apr 4, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

Steve Mason

Perhaps it’s appropriate that Steve Mason (a goaltender that was at the heart of his former team’s problems) could get his first start for the Flyers (a team that’s been through countless struggling goalies) in a place like Toronto (where goaltending has been at the heart of the Maple Leafs’ problems for the last decade).

Still no official word from the Flyers, but that may well be the case tonight at the Air Canada Centre, where Philadelphia will try to win its fourth straight game against a Leafs side that’s closing in on its first playoff appearance since 2004.

(Update 12:21 p.m. ET: Mason says he’s not starting, but read the rest of the post anyway, OK? The Flyers play Saturday in Winnipeg. Maybe he’ll start then.)

According to Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren, 24-year-old Mason — who was traded from Columbus yesterday — could figure prominently in Philly’s future.

“We see him as one of our two goalies,” Holmgren said. “Not only for the rest of this year, but moving forward. We’ll just leave it at that for now.”

Of course, the Flyers also have 32-year-old Ilya Bryzgalov signed through 2019-20.

Bryzgalov is 16-14-3 with a .899 save percentage this season.

Mason is 3-6-1 with an identical .899 save percentage.

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  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:52 AM

    Alright Steve time to see if it was a case of a bad team (I know Columbus is better than the Flyers this season) or if you’re just a one year wonder. Even though the Flyers blue line is decimated they have played better team defense the past few games. Last night they essentially suffocated the Habs, allowing just 17 shots. If they can put up that kind of effort tonight then hopefully Mason won’t give up the type of goals Bryz did last night. I know Mason has been terrible since his rookie campaign, but I’m excited to see if there are any flashes of the Calder Trophy winner.

  2. puckmepuckyou - Apr 4, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Maybe his heart was not in it there either. Columbus has been rough until recently. Maybe a change will snap him out of it. Two trophy winning goalies neither playing to expectations coming to a city that expects so much from a goalie. Should be interesting.

  3. jpelle82 - Apr 4, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    surprised. i figured they would want to take him for a test drive right off the bat but i guess against toronto you gotta go with what you know. kinda figured after bryzgalov has started 20 something games in a row and ducked under a shot last night he might need a rest.

  4. mclovinhockey - Apr 4, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Bryson def needs a break, the right time to do it would be in back to backs though.

    I wonder if Bryz knowing there is now support behind him in net if it will make him play a little harder or just fall apart needing a break.

    Also interested to see what happens to Bob, us Philly fans know he was great for a few months then fatigue kicked in and he collapsed as well. In the Russia league they played very few games as well, I don’t see bob getting used to a season 2-3 times longer than he is used to next year.

  5. philk0731 - Apr 4, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    Never gonna win with 2 backup goalies on your roster

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