The Flyers, for the first time in years, were not clear-cut buyers at the deadline. Sporting a 15-17-3 record and sitting six points out of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, many wanted the Flyers to be sellers and regroup for next year.
That isn’t in general manager Paul Holmgren’s make up so the Flyers did make a move. They trade goaltender Michael Leighton and a third round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for goaltender Steve Mason.
Mason, the 2008-09 Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) winner, has served largely as a backup this year to former Flyers netminder Sergei Bobrovsky . Mason is 3-6-1 with a 2.95 GAA and a .899 save percentage this season. In his Calder winning year, he was 33-20-7 with a 2.29 GAA and a .916 save percentage. He has not had a goals-against-average below 3.03 since then until this season.
He is 24 years old with a $2.9 million cap hit. He is slated to become a restricted free agent this summer.
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