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A New Start For Mason, Perhaps The End For Bryzgalov

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

“We still think there’s a tremendous upside there,” Holmgren said, adding that goalie coach Jeff Reese was high on Mason.

"Every goaltender wants a fresh start,” Mason said.

Mason is viewed as an upgrade over Leighton, but he is also a lot more expensive. If the Flyers keep Bryzgalov next year _ that’s a big (ital)if(end ital) at the moment _ and Mason re-signs for around his current salary, the Flyers will have about $8.6 million committed to their goalies next season.

They probably would not be getting enough bang for their buck.

Acquiring Mason could mean the Flyers will “amnesty” Bryzgalov next year and try to sign an unrestricted free agent goalie in the off-season. The most attractive candidates: Ray Emery, Jimmy Howard, Mike Smith and Niklas Backstrom.

After this year, Bryzgalov, 32, will be owed a total of $34.5 million over the last seven years. If he is bought out, the Flyers would have to pay two-thirds of that salary, but none of that would count against their cap.

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John W.'s avatar

Acquiring Mason could mean the Flyers will “amnesty” Bryzgalov next year and try to sign an unrestricted free agent goalie in the off-season. The most attractive candidates: Ray Emery, Jimmy Howard, Mike Smith and Niklas Backstrom.

Good luck with that.  Howard and Backstrom aren’t going anywhere, and Smith will only leave if he’s tired of the Phoenix ownership situation, and even if he did, I don’t think he’d do well in Philly, either.  That leaves Emery, who Chicago might decide they like more than Crawford.  I will say tho, Emery might have the moxie to handle Philly, if he does end up there.  But he’s not exactly proven.  I have a feeling they may buy-out Bryz and then make a trade for Miller.

Posted by John W. from a bubble wrap cocoon on 04/03/13 at 11:18 PM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Here’ an idea Philly, draft and develop your own goalies.

Mason needed to get out of Mayberry so this change of scenery to sports fans crazyville, PA must just be what he needs to return to his rookie season confidence and glove speed.

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 04/04/13 at 07:56 AM ET

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