Monday, April 8, 2013

Philadelphia Flyers' deal creates strong options

The Philadelphia Flyers have created leverage for the summers of 2013 and 2014. By signing pending restricted free agent and newly acquired goaltender Steve Mason to a modest ($1.5 million) one-year contract extension general manager Paul Holmgren has quietly made a statement. 

With two total amnesty options available through the next two summers, "Homer" has created a number of forward paths toward the goal crease. 

If the Flyers find some free agent defenseman, or a trade partner that has a defenseman they want this summer, Holmgren could possibly trade (or most likely designate Ilya Bryzgalov's contract for amnesty, thereby eliminating the remaining seven years of his deal from the salary cap count. 

At this time it seems more likely that Bryzgalov and Mason will both be back next year. The 24-year-old Mason is a backup that has a legitimate chance to become the team's number 1 starter, whereas Michael Leighton and Brian Boucher were simply veteran stopgap options.

Mason could also be used as a future trade chip if the team decides that "Bryz" is still their man. 

The former Calder trophy winner is a good gamble to have taken.
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