New Flyers goalie Steve Mason, acquired in a trade from Columbus on Wednesday, already is close to a one-year contract extension.

Anton Thun, his agent, said he expected the deal would be announced when the Flyers return home from a three-game roadtrip that begins tonight in Toronto.

“It’ll be done shortly,” Thun said after meeting with Mason at Air Canada Centre. “We talked about the parameters of it the last couple of days and I don’t anticipate any problems. It’ll just be a one-year contract. The club is on the road, so when they get off the road I would anticipate we’ll have something.”

The contract will be for a pay cut, the agent said. Mason is making a prorated $3.2 million this season, that last of a two-year, $5.8 million that carries a $2.9 million cap hit.

“Yeah, the number will be lower than that,” Thun said. “We’re pressing the reset button here. Steve understands that and he wanted to be in Philadelphia.”

The Flyers didn’t have a morning skate Thursday, but Mason suited up for a morning workout with goaltending coach and two players – defenseman Kurtis Foster and forward Tye McGinn. Mason will not be in goal tonight for the Flyers.

Although Flyers goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is only in the second year of a nine-year, $51 million contract, Mason apparently is intent on becoming a starter in Philadelphia.

“Oh, we hope so,” Thun said. “That’s the whole point of coming here. He didn’t come here to be a permanent backup. He’s got two years left before he’s an unrestricted free agent. He came here basically to press that reset button and compete for the No. 1 job with Mr. Bryzgalov.”