Flyers ink netminder Steve Mason to three-year extension

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a three-year, $12.3 million contract extension, with an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Mason, who was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the season, signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract after the Flyers traded for him late last season.

“I’m glad it’s done,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said. “I’m sure he [Mason] feels the same way — get it out of the way and move on. He just needs to worry about his job and not anything else.”

“It’s nice to have that in the rearview mirror now,” Mason said after the Flyers’ 6-4 win over the New York Islanders Saturday. “I’m looking forward to being here for the foreseeable future.”

Mason is 19-11-5 with a 2.56 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 37 games. He was stellar during the Flyers’ struggles early in the season, posting a .929 save percentage in his first 19 games, but in 18 games since the beginning of December, he’s down to .892.

He allowed four goals on 24 shots Saturday against Islanders and was pulled with six minutes left in the second period. The Flyers rallied behind backup Ray Emery to earn the win.

The Flyers acquired Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

In seven games late last season, he went 4-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .944 save percentage. That strong play has carried over to the 2013-14 season, where he has emerged from a season-opening competition with Emery to become the Flyers’ clear No. 1 goaltender.

Holmgren credited Flyers goalie coach Jeff Reese for getting Mason back to the form that earned him the Calder Trophy in 2008-09, when he had 33 wins, a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts.

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