Flyers Acquire G Steve Mason From Blue Jackets

The Flyers fell short of the Ben Bishop sweepstakes and went for plan B.

The Flyers acquired goaltender Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets, giving them a strong back-up goaltender for Ilya Bryzgalov. Bishop, who they were targeting, was traded to the Lightning earlier.

The Flyers gave up a 2015 third round pick and Michael Leighton for Mason.

In 13 games, Mason is 3-6 with a 2.95 GAA and .899 save percentage. He lost the starting job to former Flyers goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

“I’m super excited to get into Philadelphia,” Mason told Rogers Sportsnet [transcribed by Dustin Leed on Twitter]. "There is no better situation. It’s a tough place to play, fans expect the most out of their goaltenders. I’m looking forward to getting into a market like that when you’re playing well as a goaltender in that situation."

Mason has had a rocky last few years in the NHL since winning the top rookie honors in 2009 with a 2.29 GAA and .916 save percentage. He had a solid campaign in 2010, struggled greatly in 2011 and lost the starting job to Bobrovsky this season.

Mason, 24, is making $2.6 million this season. He is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.