Newly acquired goaltender Steve Mason says he wants to be the player he knows he can be, and you can bet dollars to donuts the Philadelphia Flyers are hoping he’ll be just that.
Philadelphia acquired the 24-year-old former Calder Cup winner from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round draft choice in 2015 in the hopes that the Oakville native can rediscover his game and, perhaps, make No. 1 netminder Ilya Bryzgalov and his rather expensive contract — a $5.667 million cap hit each season until 2020 — expendable.
It’s a long shot move, of course, but Philly really has nothing to lose. If the gamble pays off, great, if it doesn’t, well, the Flyers really haven’t lost anything.