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Surprise start? Mason gets the call for the Flyers

Oct 2, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

Steve Mason #35 of the Philadelphia Flyers prepares for a faceoff during third period in a game between the Winnipeg Jets and the Philadelphia Flyers on April 6, 2013 at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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In what many may think is a surprise move, the Philadelphia Flyers announced this morning that Steve Mason — not Ray Emery — will start in goal tonight at home versus Toronto.

Mason, 25, is looking to resurrect his career in Philadelphia after the former rookie of the year fell on hard times in Columbus. He did, however, have good numbers with the Flyers after being traded from the Blue Jackets in April, going 4-2-0 with a .944 save percentage in six starts.

But Emery, 31, had the best overall 2013 regular season, going 17-1-0 with a .922 save percentage for the Blackhawks before backing up Corey Crawford for the entire playoffs.

CSN Philly has more on the Flyers’ goaltending situation.

The Flyers’ next game is Saturday in Montreal. They also play Sunday in Carolina, so don’t expect to wait long before seeing Emery.

  1. 950003cups - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Bring back Dizzy Bryzzy!!

  2. tightbutth0le - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Interesting decision. I wont criticize it because the preseason showed similar production between the two, however Mason has more room to go considering his age, and Emery has more experience so take a pick. Emery succeeded last year behind a very talented and well coached Defensive Corp as a back up, and Mason has shown flashes of absolute brilliance but has looked like a bust 80% of the time. I’m not sure the situation has really been fixed by bringing in these two guys to compete. the only thing that could indicate that is that they are both on 1 year deals

    • dku5 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:30 PM

      The average NHL skater hits his prime around the age of 25, and goalies usually hit their prime at 27. Of course, many HOFers were high calibur at a younger age, but that doesn’t mean you have to be an all star before 25 to be considered a great player. Mason has a rollercoaster past with highs and lows, but he is young for NHL goalie standards. He is just starting to show us what kind of NHL goalie he will be in his prime. I think Mason will be fine once he settles down and plays his game and style.

      • mcphillthy - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:17 PM

        I couldn’t agree more. if anybody needs an example use tim Thomas. He couldn’t even crack the NHL on a full time basis until his mid thirties then he was his best in his late thirties. goaltending is much more than atheleticism and just like defense it takes time to master. now it’s up to mason to develop and prove himself.

    • flyerspsu - Oct 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

      good points but id still much rather have Mason and Emery inked to 1 year deals worth a combined 3 mil than Bryzaglov inked at 5.7 mil for the next 7 years

      if neither Mason or Emery work out, not a big deal, you keep looking for the answer, but there was no way you could be stuck with Bryz who is already 31 for another 7 years at a 5.7 cap hit

  3. curioustraveler13 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Nothing like a good old goalie controversy in philly. I can’t wait to watch this game tonight.

  4. hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM

    Not sure I’m surprised. Brought in Mason hoping he could get back to his rookie form, and he did that last year, for the most part. Why not boost his ego a bit and see what happens.

  5. philly4lyfe - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    its going to be a rotation. they are both going to play a lot of games. I don’t believe either has been dubbed the definite #1. I think some people are reading too much into this or just hoping to stir up something out of nothing.

  6. happy4shr - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    It’s not the goal tending!! We need the D to step it up!! Need the O to score, shoot baby shoot. Nothing fancy!!! No shoot no score, no D no win!!!

    • curioustraveler13 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:09 PM

      How have you not been hired as an NHL coach yet? Groundbreaking stuff you just posted there. Seriously don’t let that talent be wasted. Go quick and submit your resume for head coach. I hear the current one might be on his way out if the team starts off on a cold streak.

  7. yougotgirouxed - Oct 2, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    The real goal should be that either Mason or Emery can distinguish himself as the #1. We dont want to platoon all season. Similar to the way Chip Kelly had Vick and Foles as the #1 and #1a in camp until Vick’s preseason play set him apart from Foles and Barkley, one of these goalies needs to do the same. Hopefully its Mason. A young above-average goalie foreign to us.

    • tcclark - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      What’s wrong with a tandem? The Flyers won a Jennings trophy in 2002-2003 with the tandem of Cechmanek and Esche. With the way Philadelphia treats goalies, a tandem works best. Don’t put all of the pressure on one guy.

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