The news Tuesday that Ilya Bryzgalov had been bought out does not change the thinking of the man who, at least for the time being, has been elevated to the No. 1 goalie spot on the Flyers' depth chart. "Regardless of who the other goalie was going to be in camp, I was prepared to come in and win the job," said Steve Mason, 25, after taking a break from playing in Scott Hartnell's benefit golf tournament Tuesday in Western Canada. Five seasons ago, Mason was rookie of the year with Columbus, but he struggled in his next three-plus seasons with the Blue Jackets. He seemed to revive his career in a brief late-season stint with the Flyers this year. "I'm a big Steve Mason fan," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's a very young goalie and, for his age, has a lot of experience. Ideally, we'd be able to get a guy that would work in tandem with him, but the bulk [would go] onto Steve. We'll see how it goes." Asked whether he felt comfortable with Mason as the No. 1 goalie, Holmgren said, "I trust him as one of our two goalies, but I believe he has a bright future." The Flyers are expected to add a veteran goalie. There are several free-agent goalies who could be in their price range, including Jose Theodore, former Flyer Ray Emery, Evgeni Nabokov, and Dan Ellis. Teams cannot talk to prospective free agents until July 3; free agency starts July 5. "It's going to be a wild ride for the next little while," Holmgren said.
Mason ready to start but veteran goalie may join him
Philly.com | Jun 26