Injured Mason doesn´t want to travel to NY, out for Game

 

Steve Mason is out for Game 1, potentially longer. (Getty Images)
Steve Mason is out for Game 1, probably longer. (Getty Photographs)

 

 

The Philadelphia Flyers already had their arms full with the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist as their first-round playoff foe, now they will have to begin the series without their high goaltender.

Steve Mason has been battling an upper-body harm however just a couple days in the past coach Craig Berube was hopeful he'd be OK for the beginning of the playoffs. He is not. Mason will not costume for Game 1 on Thursday.

 

 

Mason is not even travelling with the Flyers to New York which might normally put Sport 2 in critical doubt as well but it's not as though Mason could not make the trip in a few hours so that's not an actual indication but.

Even lacking one recreation, though, puts the Flyers in a tricky spot. As maligned as Mason is from his horrible ultimate years in Columbus, he has been good for the Flyers this season. Not outstanding but undoubtedly good and better than the Flyers have had in net for a very long time. He took over the No. 1 role early and posted a917 save share with 33 wins in 61 games. There have been occasions in the season that Mason carried the Flyers.

No less than in Emery they do have an experienced guy to show to however he has not had a great season in his return to the Flyers. He started 21 games and struggled, going 9-12-2 with a903 save proportion. No less than Emery has been good in his profession in opposition to the Rangers, so there's that.

Cal Heeter, who played the ultimate sport of the season, will serve as the backup to Emery in Recreation 1 and for nevertheless long Mason may be out.

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Flyers’ Mason signs three-year, $12.3M extension

Steve Mason has reportedly signed an extension with the Flyers. (USATSI)
Steve Mason has signed an extension with the Flyers. (USATSI)

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The Philadelphia Flyers took an opportunity after they traded for Steve Mason last yr. Right this moment, it sounds just like the Flyers have liked what they’ve seen from Mason in forty three video games with the club during the last two seasons. The 25-year-previous goaltender has signed an extension with the club, the Flyers announced in the present day. According Elliotte Friedman of CBC, Mason’s contract is a 3-yr deal is value $12.three million for an annual average of $4.1 million.

Mason has posted a 19-eleven-5 report up to now this season with a917 save proportion and 2.forty eight goals-towards common. It’s the very best numbers Mason has put up since his standout rookie season with the Columbus Blue Jackets for which he won the Calder Memorial Trophy in 2008-09.

The Flyers got some incredible performances out of Mason earlier in the season, but failed to do a lot with them. The final two months, nevertheless, the goaltender has cooled off considerably. Over 17 video games since the start of December, Mason has posted an895 save proportion. So he is currently trending downward.

After that glowing freshman campaign, Mason has struggled in the league. His career906 save share hardly breeds lots of confidence going ahead. That said, Mason remains to be solely 25, which means he still has some room for development, however extending him in season in a bet and the Flyers have had some horrible luck with goalies in recent times.

The Flyers gave Mason a “show-me” contract in the offseason with a one-12 months $1.5 million deal. It was an excellent, low-cost gamble on making him a No. 1 this yr and it’s principally paid off for the Flyers. After enduring a dreadful start where they merely could not score, Philly has crawled back into the playoff hunt within the tight Metropolitan Division.

There’s still plenty of threat in any kind of extension. Mason solely has four games of playoff experience and that did not go actual effectively for him. On top of that, his 43 video games with the membership have been up and down. As a restricted free agent, it’s stunning the Flyers would rush to sign him without seeing how he deals with the stretch run.

It is a slightly large monetary dedication, whether the wage cap is going up or not, to a goaltender with a career906 save share and another questionable gamble by general manager Paul Holmgren.

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