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Flyers give Mason three-year, $12.3M extension

Jan 18, 2014, 12:40 PM EDT

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Steve Mason and the Philadelphia Flyers agreed to a contract extension on Saturday, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports that it’s a three-year, $12.3 million deal. (That’s a $4.1 million cap hit.)

Update: The team made the extension official, though not the terms. LeBrun reports that the contract doesn’t include a no-trade clause.

Here’s a quick timeline on how Mason went from being a backup in Columbus to a well-paid No. 1 in Philly:

Considering Mason’s lengthy struggles in Columbus, many will mock this extension. Still, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn’t seem too concerned with the snickers he received for acquiring the former Calder Trophy winner when his value was at an all-time low, and Mason paid off handsomely for the team.

We’ll see over the next few years if this was another costly gamble in net for the Flyers or if he might provide the affordable answer they’ve been seeking.

  1. deathbat20 - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    I actually like this deal, not a ton of money and more importantly not long term. Also the deal ends around when Stolarz could be ready for the NHL, so if it doesn’t work out we have an in house option if Mason doesn’t do well

    • bobhpine - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Here’s how you know this deal is STUPID. No other team in the NHL would have given him half that. But then again, let’s face it, there IS A REASON PHILLY HASN’T WON SINCE 1975.


      • narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        Bob got 2/$12M for 6 weeks of good play. His numbers on March 1 were worse than Emery’s are this year. Pretty sure Mason would have gotten at least $3.5M on the open market considering how many teams need goalies.

      • laxman1944 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        Let’s all discuss the amazing ability of “Piney” to be one of the top 5 Flyer haters…….

        Bully piney……bully

    • charlieconway96 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      Assuming that Stolarz grows into the goaltender that you expect. Roll them dice Holmgren! Roll them dice!

    • c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      I’ve seen worse deals thats for sure. i think it will go well. as much as i have knocked them for years for how they handle their goaltending duties, this is the smartest thing they have done in that regard.

      paul holmgren isn’t stupid, hes just slow.

  2. flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM


    Don’t get me wrong, Mason has played well and I wanted him extended, but he has been bad for 2 months now and is the same guy who had a great rookie season that was then followed by 3 terrible seasons

    You give him a bridge deal or at least for the love of god wait til the end of the season when you are dealing with someone like Mason

    Why on earth does Holmgren feel the need to sign everyone to long term extensions so early??? Mason has a career save% of .906 and its been even worse for the last 2 months

    With someone like that you WAIT and see how he finishes up the year and does in the playoffs, if Mason continued his mediocre play for the rest of the season and his sv % continued to decrease rapidly HIS CONTRACT WOULD BE CUT IN HALF

    • narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Mason has been standing on his head all season. You probably have ripped the defense after every game but just wanted a reason to whine about Holmgren.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:17 PM

        Mason was unbelievable for the first 2 months of the season, but he has been mediocre for the last 2, his save % has already dropped from .934 to .917

        Mason has a career sv % of .906, you wait til the end of the season and see what he warrants then, not half way through the season which Holmgren always does

        Mason is the epitome of a BRIDGE DEAL type of player, someone whose stats recently differ from his career and you question which one is the real player, just like Subban and Kadri who both got bridge deals, how is Kadri doing again? oh yeah hes been terrible, but if Holmgren was the Leafs GM he would have given him the long term deal he was asking for LIKE HE ALWAYS DOES

      • narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        Congrats on looking at his player card and finding his save percentage. So a bridge deal is 2 years for $7m? You’re whining about half a million in cap space in an offseason where the cap will jump $6m.

    • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I completely agree with you. Why not wait a little, Homer? Have you not learned anything from past deals? Has Snider not learned either?

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:22 PM

      Mason is on a bridge deal right now. How can you criticize this guy? He’s easily been the Flyers best player and has kept them in almost every game he’s played. So his December wasn’t great, have you watched the defense? Mez has been horrendous in his own zone. Coburn has glaring lapses as well. Streit pinches on every play and Timonen can’t keep up with anyone. Gus has been hurt, while Schenn has regressed. Like Narfmoo said, Mason has stood on his head all season. He was the only reason they were in that last Nashville game. He’s 10X more reliable than Bryz… he’s been a breath of fresh air compared to that trainwreck. And his numbers are currently better than Bobs.

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:32 PM

        Man. I’ve been dishing on the Philly d men from the outset and all I’ve been hearing from their fans on PHT is how deep their d is. What’s with the sudden problems? Maybe Mason was playing well because he was on a bridge contract. Why take that incentive away now? He’s only 25, and still has a lot of development to be done before he’s in his prime.

      • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        I am not criticizing Mason, he has been damn good this year, he was unbelievable in the beginning but he has already tailed off quite a bit and with a career sv % of .906 YOU WAIT to give him an extension

        I am just saying it made zero sense for Holmgren to give in and give him this hefty extension after just 40 games with the track record he has

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        They are deep when it comes to quantity, but they’re clearly missing the #1 defender true contenders need. People need look no further than the performance of Emery this season to understand how impressive Mason has been. Emery was almost unbeatable behind a Stanley Cup defense; with the the Flyers D he’s been average, at best. Mostly bad. Considering how porous the Flyers D has been lately it’s not surprising to see Mason’s numbers wane. Consider for a second that the Flyers have Mason this season at 1.5, so think about his deal as 4 years at 13.8. $3.45 average. Looking at overall performance and the Flyers D, it’s a bargain.

        Also, people have made the point about the time it will take Stolarz to develop… which lines up about the same as this contract (if you can project goaltenders, a questionable “art”). He’s been even better this season which is a great sign.

    • cleesmith2 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:11 PM

      PLAYOFFS?!? You kiddin’ me? Playoffs?!? That ain’t gonna happen this season.

      • narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        In playoff spot now and and second most points since November 1. But yeah it’s crazy!

    • c9castine - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:31 PM

      if you fired holmgren right now for making a minimally risky deal the organization would implode. you wanna do that, at this point it would have to wait for off season. but its not going to happen.

  3. narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    Cal Heeter comes up next year as a backup, plus a little improvement on defense through free agency or trade, and the position is set for a few years.

    • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Philly will have 2 d men who will become UFA this summer, Coburn is not good enough, and Grossman is too slow. So, it won’t be very easy to improve defensively unless they are willing to trade a top 3 or 4 forward.

      • biasedhomer - Jan 18, 2014 at 6:55 PM

        Grossman may be slow, but he does his job perfectly. As for Coburn, he is a #2 defenseman. They won’t get a #1 in free agency, but they do have promising prospects who could likely fill the role eventually. Till then, they need to sign someone like Boyle to a 1 or 2 year deal.

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:04 PM

        Coburn is #2 at (-4) in Philly! You guys are in BIG trouble if he is. Grossman is -9! Is that what you call doing his job?

      • biasedhomer - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:06 PM

        Are you using solely +/- to judge a player? No point for me to debate this if that is the case.

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:09 PM

        Not at all. I don’t need stats to evaluate players because that would skew my objectivity. I’m using that stat to support my evaluation. They are both slow, and make a lot of mistakes. Coburn wouldn’t be a #2 with any team, and nor would Grossman.

      • biasedhomer - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:15 PM

        And that stat you are using is pretty much the equivalent to Wins for a pitcher in baseball.

        Again, you’re defense is pretty much your eye test and arguably the most flawed stat in hockey.

        Coburn isn’t having a great year, but he isn’t horrible either. Based off his career, he is indeed suited for the #2 role on the 1st pairing.

        I never said Grossman is a 1st line pairing defenceman. He is someone you can put mainly against the other teams 3rd lines, and you know what you are getting: hits and blocks. He will push players out of the crease and stand right by your goalie. His defense is very good, but obviously he offers very little on offense.

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

        And he makes a lot of mistakes which lead to giveaways giving opponents a scoring opportunity. Same with Grossman. You’re not going to change my mind based on arguments. How they do on the ice is what I use to evaluate players.

      • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        JOEY4ID– im the first to admit, that my flyers def is a bunch of 2 and 3s and lacks that true number 1, but majority of the teams in league struggle with that. There are very few, Big Zs, Weber, etc. You lost me anyway and I couldnt take your evaluation very series anyway yes, Coburn has flaws but for you to call him slow, shows me you never watched him play because that is his strength he skates like the wind.

      • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        Kimmo with his age is prb a 3
        Mez is a 4
        Grossman is solid 3, but could def be on 1st pair with an elite dman
        Coburn is a 2.5(Def not slow not sure what tape you watch.)
        Streit prb between 2 and 3 also solid Off def scares me lean more toward 3
        Schenn if you look up trainwreck you see his picture prb between a 4-5 dman, but def serviceable for last pairing at around12-14 mins /game

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        Bo knows hockey! LMAO! You know SFA!

      • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        Can make fun all you want JOEY4id your evaluation is the only thing comical what did you get your evaluation from Playstation 3 LOL

      • joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 8:53 AM

        What did I get my evaluation from? Great writing skills. :-)

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 10:00 PM

      THE only reason I said that JOE4id is im not sure if your last post was an insult bc I assume SFA= Stupid Bleeping A hole, if you were not insulting me I apologize and take back my insult

      • joey4id - Jan 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

        SFA doesn’t mean stupid bleeping a hole. No where close to that. It’s an acronym used on Playstation. Lol! Just kidding about the playstation part. Enjoy watching your Flyers, and remain objective. I know I enjoy watching them. They are one of my favorite teams to watch despite the poor evaluation of the d men. They play hard every game, and I admire their come back from a horrendous start. But! I don’t think they will make the playoffs. Sorry.

  4. lowenni - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I probably would’ve aimed to give him closer to $3-3.5 mil, but I think that’s a decent contract for the Flyers. Quality starting goalies don’t just go on trees and Mason has played very well for them so far, now they’ll have him locked up at a good price if he improves even more. Of course, knowing the Flyers, this could also go terribly wrong. Right now though, this seems like a pretty good contract for both sides.

  5. flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I am not saying you don’t extend Mason or he hasnt played well, but with a player like him you wait til the end of the season, then you give him a BRIDGE DEAL to prove himself like Kadri got after his great shortened season, now look how hes doing, hes been god awful, if Holmgren would have been the Leafs GM he would have given Kadri the long term massive deal he was asking for

    Everybody is assuming Mason is what he was in the first 20 games this season. Mason’s track record would tell you otherwise, he was great his rookie season, but then terrible for the next 3 seasons

    It was too early to give him this long and big of an extension

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Everyones argument against this contract is that his last month hasn’t been great … ok that’s a fine point but lets examine a little closer. Since December 19th Mason’s sv% has been .896%… not great, obviously. But lets take out one game, his worst one (which all goalies have), and his sv% immediately goes back up to .908%. Not awesome, but far better than Bryz. Take out one more in which he allowed 3 goals on 19 shots… back to .914. That’s just two games which totally skew his numbers. I get he hasn’t been as consistent, but that’s 10 starts in which two bad performances totally skew the numbers. He’s been the Flyers best player and he already took a one year bridge deal, so that’s why this deal isn’t as terrible as everyones making it out to be.

  6. sjsharks66 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Flyerspsu what are you talking about? Mason has been the best goaltender the Flyers have seen in the past 3 years. This is a great deal if he keeps it up.

    • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Key words: “If he keeps it up”

      Like i keep saying, he has been damn good this season, but with his track record you dont give him this extension so early

      His play has already regressed this season:

      He had .935 sv % in the first 20 games, he was unbelievable

      Since then he has .894 sv % in the last 20 games …

      I wanted him extended, but Holmgren should have waited til the season ended to see where he stood instead of giving him this extension so early

  7. steelwarriors55 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    We can see it that way too: Bryz was signed for 5.6 mil per year.Now we get him for 4 mil a year and he’s a solid improvement on Bryz both as a player and as a teammate even when he’s having a tough game.So we win in this no matter what cause remember that if it wasnt for the ”amnesty” we were stuck with Bryz for a long time again…..a real long time

    • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      Mason is not a proven number 1 goalie just yet. Does he represent the future? No doubt. Why not give him a 2 year bridge deal? Say 2 – 2.5 mil p/year. He wasn’t on a bridge deal. What he had was an evaluation deal. He’s unproven in the playoffs with an 0 and 4 record, 4.28 GAA, and .878 Sv%.

      • narfmoo12 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:33 PM

        Bernier got 2 years/$5.8m with no track record and coming from the best defense in the NHL (jones and scrivens prove that), to compete with Reimer. So how is Mason signing for 2-2.5M?

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:45 PM

        Bernier signed for 2.4 and 3.4. Mason for 12 million over 3 years. I wrote anywhere from 2 – 2.5 per year for 2 years. So, add another 800k to the second year. You do either a bridge contract a la Bernier now or what and see how he does the rest of the year and in the playoffs. Let him prove himself in the long term.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        What people are missing with all the “bridge deal” talk is that Mason is a year away from UNrestricted free agency, which raises the price tag considerably. He’s currently on a 1-year bridge deal following the contract the Blue Jackets gave him.

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Good point! 😉

  8. crazemastercraze - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:49 PM

    Just give the cup to Philly now already!!!

  9. jkay1818 - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    @flyerspsu, do you think the flyers should have waited to give him the deal? what do you think?

    • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 1:57 PM

      lol i know i have been repetitive but a lot people were missing my point

      • joey4id - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:20 PM

        At least you had an opinion about the deal. 😉

      • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        joeyid i dont always agree with you, in fact probably dont more times than I do, but I agree with pretty much everything you are saying about this

        too many people are simply just looking at as: Mason has been good this year so the extension is good

        there are so many other factors to take in and it just doesnt make any sense to jump to the conclusion that he is worth the contract already with his past track record, why not wait til the end of the season and then decide on what to do, and preferably that would have been a bridge deal

  10. tcclark - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    I love when people talk like Paul Holmgren came up with all of this. When people agree to a contract, the player actually has a say in the contract he signs. It was only like a month ago that mason’s agent said he deserved a Carey Price type of contract. For those of you who don’t know that’s 6.5 mil per year until 2018.

    Mason wouldn’t have signed a one year deal. He feels like he’s proving himself now and deserves a long term deal. If the Flyers didn’t give it to him, another gm would’ve happily given a 25 year old goalie having a fantastic year a nice long term deal. Homer doesn’t wait until the end of the year because he doesn’t want to compete with the market. Bidding wars lead to overpays. 4.1 million per is a slight overpay for Mason, but Homer probably had to sacrifice some dollars in exchange for a shorter term deal. Also signing extensions in the middle of the year allows Homer to focus on free agents in July. Dan Boyle, Dan Girardi, and Kyle Quincey are unrestricted free agent defensemen that would help our d corps and P.K Subban is a restricted free agent and you know Homer’s not afraid to give someone an offer sheet

  11. penguins87and71 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    I think this is a good deal for the Flyers. Steve Mason has played very well this year. I actually like Steve Mason. He might not be the best goalie in the NHL but his still a good goalie. Mason has pretty good numbers this year and it seems to me whenever I watch a Flyers game he brings a calming presence to the net He also seems mentally strong. Also it’s not that long of a deal so if he falters the Flyers won’t have to worry about being strapped into a long term contract.

  12. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    LOL Flyers

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      Last I checked the Pens weren’t in very steady hands when it comes to goaltending. Fleury is having his usual great statistical season behind a team that easily gives him 4 goals consistently per night and has a young and deep defense corps protecting him, yet somehow when the chips are down Fleury finds a way to come up small. Take a look at the defenses Mason has played behind. And the team in front of him now couldn’t score two goals for the first month+ of the season… People are seriously concerned about Masons last month or so but mixed in with the 3 or 4 stinkers have been games where his sv% has been .919, .950, .936, .932, and .963. That’s all since mid-December. Behind a medicore defense. He’s not as consistent as the beginning of the year, but he’s still shown plenty of brilliance.

  13. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:43 PM

    Mason will be the next Flyers goalie that gets made into an ass by Crosby

    • laxman1944 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      And coming in at the number 3 Flyer hater it’s pittrulez

      Hurry Pitt ………mom is on her way home so you better do your chores

  14. jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    As flyers fan not bad deal probably the going rate for a good not great goalie, its doable. LOL pitpenguinz how did you guys make out last time we played in playoffs O that’s right golfing, don’t run your mouth bc your team is a loser just like ours, BHAWKS fans only ones that can run there mouth. O btw before you say it 1975, ill say it for you how cliché the only argumena pens has because that make so much sense#MENTAL MIDGET

    • flyerspsu - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:06 PM

      true but the question is is Mason good? hes been good this year, probably better than that, but the last 3 years he hasnt been, is that its finally clicking for him, or were the first 20 games just a good run by an ok goalie

  15. polishblue - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    LOL a guy who has played a solid couple of months gets a contract that will set him for life, good job flyers. As a metro division rival I like that the flyers are putting all their chips in the hands of an unproven back up in Mason

    • jbink2585 - Jan 18, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      He won Roy was solid last month of year last year, his cap hit not a crazy #, extremely solid deal by Flyers, worry about your own team because last time I checked the only team without goalie issues in the METRO are the rangers

  16. President Charles Logan - Jan 18, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Holmgren what are you doing? seriously.

  17. crazemastercraze - Jan 18, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Snider loves to blow money, he’s pro sports impulse buyer! ” oh, there’s a pro hockey player? Sign him to a contract!”

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