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Interesting. He was one of the better goalies in the NHL for the 1st two months of the season (GAA's of .928 and .938) and reports had him asking for quite a bit more but over the last 2 months he has actually played poorly. GAA of .889 this month and a .899 last month. I wonder if his confidence is gone and he just took what was on the table.

Still overall I have liked him.

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The Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday signed goaltender Steve Mason to a multi-year contract extension. Terms of the deal were not announced but CBC reported it to be a three-year, $12.3 million contract, with an average annual value of $4.1 million.

Mason was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after the season. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract after the Flyers traded for him late in the 2012-13 season.

The 25-year-old is 19-11-5 with a 2.48 goals-against average and .917 save percentage in 36 games this season.

The Flyers acquired Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3, 2013 in exchange for goaltender Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. In seven games late last season, he went 4-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA and .944 save percentage. That strong play has carried over to the 2013-14 season, where he has emerged from a season-opening competition with Ray Emery to become the Flyers' clear No. 1 goaltender.

Mason had a breakout 2008-09 season as a rookie with the Blue Jackets when he had 33 wins, a 2.29 GAA, .916 save percentage and 10 shutouts to backstop the Blue Jackets to the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the franchise's only postseason appearance. Mason also won the 2009 Calder Trophy as the League's top rookie.

In four subsequent seasons, he never was able to rediscover that level of play. Prior to the start of the 2012-13 season, the Blue Jackets traded for Sergei Bobrovsky from the Flyers and he beat out Mason for the starting job.

In 275 NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Flyers Mason has 119 wins, a 2.82 GAA, .906 save percentage and 20 shutouts.

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