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Mason’s agent: Price’s $39 million contract is ‘a very good comparable’

Dec 8, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

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Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Steve Mason agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract for the 2013-14 campaign. At the time, it seemed fair as the Flyers were weighing his impressive stint with their team against years of struggles with Columbus.

Now it looks like a steal. The 25-year-old goaltender has built off of his strong finish in the shortened season to post a 2.26 GAA and .929 save percentage in 21 games in 2013-14. He’s scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and is going to get a raise. The question is how big it will be.

“I think Price is a very good comparable,” Mason’s agent, Anton Thun suggested, according to CSN Philly.

Carey Price, 26, is in the second campaign of a six-year, $39 million contract. It seems doubtful that Mason will approach those numbers, both in annual salary wise and perhaps term as well.

After all, Philadelphia will be writing checks to bought out goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov until 2027. Are they really that eager to sign any netminder to a lengthy deal immediately after that experience?

We might not have to wait too long to find out the answer to that question. While the Flyers can’t officially re-sign Mason until Jan. 1 at the earliest, if Mason maintains his current level of play then the Flyers will be motivated to address this issue sooner rather than later.

  1. thehabsnation - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    $33 million or $39 million?

    • TestSubjekt - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Does it matter? It’s not like he’s getting either

      • thehabsnation - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:40 PM


  2. canucks30 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:50 PM



  3. packerswin96 - Dec 8, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Someone should be checking him for a concussion, he is dilussional.

  4. 19to77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    Oh, right, because 40 decent games in Philadelphia erase three years of stunning mediocrity in Columbus. Go ahead, bet the farm on Breezy 2.0.

  5. flyerguy73 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    He is doing ok for the flyers, but not worth that kind of money. I want to see him, and the flyers beat some good, or great teams before they start talking big contracts. The way the looked against Dallas, nobody on that teams deserve any kind if money!

    • flyerspsu - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      hes doing a lot better then ok, hes been unbelievable but yeah its still way too early to give him any sort of commitment or big money

  6. flyerspsu - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    he should get a 1-2 year bridge contract at like 3 mil to see if hes the real deal and the franchise goalie, its definitely way too early to give him a long term contract, im assuming its more just an agent being an agent rather then mason expecting that money

    • killerpgh - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      I understand you’re a Flyers fan and like most fans of teams in a cap league you want you players to take the most cap friendly deal, but asking Mason to take a 2 year, deal at 3 million might be a bit of a dream. He has been the Flyers best player so far this year and is the biggest reason the Flyers are still in playoff contention. He gave the Flyers a break this year signing for 1.5 million. This year there are 24 goalies making over 3 million. ( ) With the Cap going up so will goalies salary. A fair prove it contract cap hit number IMO would be 4-4.5 million cap hit. A similar cap hit to Cory Schneider.

  7. killerpgh - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Why couldn’t they sign him before Jan 1st? Did the rules change under this new CBA? July 1st of the last year of your current contract used to be the rule to officially sign a deal and I never read that changed.

  8. lowenni - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    3 years, 3.5 million. Philly needs him, so Mason will have the upper hand in negotiations. That being said, anything more than than 4 mil for 30+ great games is insane. He’s young, so I would try and get him locked down for a few years.

  9. shaundre93 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    If he wants long term, better be ready to settle for about 3.5 per. Or he could go the tuukka route, take a one year pay raise to “prove it” and cash in big time if he does

  10. dsonashville28 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    What Mason does in the playoffs will determine what kind of price tag he can realistically command. Get the Flyers far, and you’ll get rewarded. If he flops, he’ll be an untendered restricted free agent.

    • packerswin96 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      • iggyfan2001 - Dec 9, 2013 at 7:52 AM

        This could possibly be the funniest response to a comment I’ve seen in my life.

  11. crazemastercraze - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Knowing Schnider, he’ll sign him to an 8 year $70million contract with a full no trade clause.

    • ruthlessandtoothless - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:40 PM


      • pdmjr - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:44 PM

        It’s SNIDER

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      • canucks30 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:57 AM

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Schnider, I know him. He was the super from One Day at a Time right?

      • President Charles Logan - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:36 PM


      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:17 PM

        Glad to see someone else got that one lol.

  12. mrpinkca - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    An actual good comparable would be Bobrovsky. A goalie with a spotty history who seems to have finally put it together.

    Then again, knowing Schnieder he’s gonna get the DiPietro…

    • flyerspsu - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      Snider*, sorry its not even spelled wrong, its a completely different name

  13. 950003cups - Dec 8, 2013 at 4:57 PM

    You gotta be kidding me. Is it becoming common knowledge that Ed Snyder is a fool among all the agents?

    • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      Did you ever think that Ed Snider has more money than he will ever spend in 20 lifetimes? Guy does not care about throwing dollars at players, never did. The Flyers are his passion and even though they are extremely profitable thats not where his money comes from.
      Personally I don’t think Mason should get that kind of payout just yet, but ole Ed is gonna do what Ed does. Besides, its not like the Flyers have trouble filling seats like the Devils do.

      • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

        Good for him. When does he start to buy the players needed to make the playoffs let alone win the SC again?

      • broadstreetbeatdown - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:16 PM

        Good one joey. Do you mean the playoffs that we missed twice in 20 years, those playoffs?

  14. pxland - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Ted Sneiderr will overpay.

    I didn’t really want to join the conversation, I just wanted to add a new spelling for the one guy.

  15. vbcaps - Dec 8, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Is he high? I’m no GM but the last thing Philly should do is get wrapped up in a long term big contract with a goalie.

    Plus a 20 game sample size is nothing…

    • joey4id - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      This tactic is called negotiation.

  16. endusersolutions2013 - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Sofar, Corey Crawford is not looking like he was worth signing to similar terms. Had 1 very good year.

  17. blackandorangeforlife - Dec 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    I see all the arm chair GM’s are out…..Oh and let me know when Schenider becomes part of the Flyers ownership!

  18. blackandorangeforlife - Dec 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    If the Flyers dont give him a great contract someone else will!

  19. mclovinhockey - Dec 8, 2013 at 8:14 PM

    Def give him a bridge deal.. 1-2 years… 3 if he will take it, but I doubt he goes for 3… Prob closer to 4-4.5 … Currently he is one of the elite goalies, but besides his great rookie year, this is the only other season he has had that you could call him a great goalie. Also need to see what happens with the cap.
    Honestly, 6 mill a year for him would be worth it the way he has played.

  20. matthewmacisaac - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    I hope they do resign him since he is their best player, but $4million would be as high as I would go.

    • mikedoc315 - Dec 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      So you think paying more than four million a year for your best player is no good,if he can keep up the kind of play he has shown since arriving in philly he would be a steal at 6 million. Because he has been the best player,he deserves to be paid accordingly.this all depends on him not having a total meltdown and him being consistent which he has been.

  21. skeeterbarnes - Dec 8, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    AS a guy who hates the Flyers, I hope they do sign him to a big money long term deal. It’s only a matter of time before he cracks again. He’s had hot streaks like this before that disappear like yesterday’s fog.

  22. flash8910 - Dec 9, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    It’s a good comparison until you look at the numbers. There is nothing comparable about Mason and Price. Price more games, more wins, winning %, better gaa, better sv%.

    The only statistic that they are the same in is shut outs. Then if you really look at that, too, you realize that Mason has 10 of them in his first year with Columbus, and then he’s only had 2 in the past 4 years.

    Gotta love the agent talk. My client has had a good 1/2 of season (including end of last season), he deserves to be paid liked a top tier goalie.

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