Since dealing two of the franchise's most prominent stars of the 2000's, Mike Richards and Jeff Carter, it seems the Philadelphia fan base has surgically dissected every single move made by the Flyers front office.
The two most scrutinized moves in the past two years though are the dealings of young stars James van Riemsdyk and Sergei Bobrovsky. To be fair, the former was an even trade that benefited both the Flyers, who got Luke Schenn, and the Maple Leafs, who landed the scorer in van Riemsdyk.
As for the latter, Bobrovsky was traded this past offseason to the Columbus Blue Jackets where he won the starting job over now-current Flyers back-up goaltender Steve Mason. After turning the Blue Jackets around and nearly making the post season, Bobrovsky is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender.
(Pictured: Serge Bobrovsky against the Stars on April 25, 2013. Photo by Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images)
General Manager Paul Holmgren announced this afternoon that the Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Steve Mason to a one-year extension worth $1.5 million. Mason was acquired in a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 3 for Michael Leighton and a 2015 third round pick.
The 24-year-old goaltender busted onto the NHL scene back in 2008. In his rookie season, he posted a 33-20-7 record with the Blue Jackets, posting ten shutouts, and owning an impressive .916 save percentage and a 2.29 goals against average.
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.
The Flyers have recalled back-up goalie Brian Boucher after putting Michael Leighton on the IR.
Leighton was injured in Friday's optional skate before their 4-3 overtime win against the Hurricanes. General manager said that Leighton's injury is an upper body injury and he could miss up to 10 days.
In their first move during the free agency period, the Philadelphia Flyers brought back a familiar face to fill their backup goaltender position, signing Michael Leighton to a 1-year, $900k contract. Leighton replaces Sergei Bobrovsky, who was traded from the Flyers to the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 22 in return for three draft picks.
The Checking Line Flyers Edition's own Daniel Gold was live on-site at the AHL Outdoor Classic game at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia last Friday. The Adirondack Phantoms defeated the Hershey Bears, 4-3 in overtime.
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