“If Steve were not to sign till he got a qualifying offer, then [the Flyers would] have to offer $3.2 million. Unless he signed earlier. And he will sign earlier. This is a reset for Steve. We understand that. We’ve had numerous conversations about the opportunities that may exist for him to press that reset button somewhere else and Philly was at the top of his list.”
Thun said that had Mason remained a Blue Jacket through the season, “it would have been highly, highly unlikely” that his client would received a qualifying offer of $3.2 million, anyway.
If Mason is willing to take a pay-cut, and all indications are that he is willing, then the Flyers could either make him their backup or have a platoon in goal. I'm not saying I agree or disagree with the decision but it gives the Flyers some flexibility with the cap that they might not have had prior to the deal.
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