It has been said that Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren likes to make a splash. However, with the recent struggles of his team this year, it was fair to assume the Flyers would not make any substantial trades leading up to yesterday’s trade deadline. If anything, fans expected the Flyers to be sellers, albeit a minor one. But, this is the Flyers and Paul Holmgren is the GM.
It was still a surprise when reports started trickling in that the Flyers had acquired former Calder trophy winning goaltender Steve Mason from Columbus. Mason, 24, has posted a 3-6-1 record in 13 games with Columbus this season. He has recorded a 2.95 goals against average and .899 save percentage. This is a strange move no doubt, especially given that Ilya Bryzgalov is signed for another seven years. After winning the Calder trophy in 2009, it has been a downward spiral for Mason. In his record setting rookie campaign, he compiled a 33-20 record with a 2.29 GAA and a .916 save percentage. Nobody seems to know what has happened to Mason, but many speculate it is all in his head. The Flyers hope to help Mason regain his confidence and as goalie coach Jeff Reese said “we want to help him get his swagger back.”
What do you think of the trade? Will this acquisition help push Bryzgalov?
Note: Flyers beat writer Sam Carchidi tweeted earlier today that Mason and The Flyers are close to signing a 1 year deal.
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