The Flyers have seemingly received good value by signing goalie Steve Mason today to a three-year $12.3 million contract extension.
Mason, who had a one-year, $1.5 million contract for this year, has outplayed that deal. And he may do the same with the extension.
This year he is 19-11-5 with a 2.48 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.
Those are better than his career numbers - 119-112-32-20 with a 2.82 GAA and .906 save percentage.
For a Flyers team that gave Ilya Bryzgalov a nine-year deal for $51 million, only to cut ties with after two inconsistent seasons, they seemingly didn’t overpay for Mason this time.
That will certainly be the case if Mason continues to perform the way he has since being acquired from the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 of last year.
Now it’s interesting to see whether Ray Emery, who is earning $1.6 million this year and will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, returns as well.
The tandem of Mason and Emery has worked well, but there is always the chance that Emery could attempt to go to a team where he would be the No. 1 goalie.
Mason had a breakout first NHL season, earning Rookie of the Year honors with Columbus after going 33-20-7 with a 2.29 goals against average, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 2008-2009.
As it turns out, that was the only year he competed in the postseason. After that rookie season, Mason never matched that performance with Columbus.
In seven late-season appearances with the Flyers last year, he was 4-2 with a 1.90 goals against average and .944 save percentage. It was a small sample, but he has continued his stellar play this season.
And he was rewarded with a contract that the Flyers will live with a lot better than the one signed by their previous No. 1 goalie.