Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/07/13 at 10:06 AM ET
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Acquiring the 24-year-old Mason by sending Michael Leighton and a 2015 third-round pick to Columbus created a win-win situation, Holmgren hopes.
Seeing that someone is waiting in the wings, Bryzgalov, 32, might be more focused for the stretch run and lead the Flyers to a playoff berth.
If he does, the Flyers might decide to keep him for another year and use Mason as a relatively expensive backup next season - expensive, but someone who has the capability of moving to No. 1 if Bryzgalov falters in 2013-14.
That's one way to look at it.
Another: The Flyers, who have not gotten the return they expected when they gave Bryzgalov a nine-year, $51 million deal, can cut ties with him after the season and hope Mason, with a change of scenery and a new goalie coach, will revert back to his rookie-of-the-year form of 2008-09.
That option seems more probable.
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