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Flyers Sign G Steve Mason to One-Year Extension

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.

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.

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Chicago looks to sweep series vs. surging Blue Jackets to begin their road trip

As the NHL announced this morning that the NHL Board has approved realignment,  tonight's game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Columbus Blue Jackets will mark the last time the two teams face each other as division rivals.

Next season, the Blue Jackets, along with fellow Central division rival Detroit Red Wings, will move to the Eastern Conference. Under the new alignment, Columbus will join a division composed of mid-Atlantic teams, and the Red Wings will move to a division made up of a mix of eastern Candian teams, Buffalo, Boston, both Florida teams, and Detroit. Chicago's division will consist of the three remaining Central teams, plus Minnesota, Winnipe...

The best vs the worst: Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks

If the Blackhawks set a new league record on Friday night, why not extend the record a little further?

Sunday night's game will be a meeting of the best and the worst in the league. Columbus comes in to town on the tail end of a back-to-back, having lost to St. Louis 2-1 on Saturday night. The Blue Jackets are 5-11-2, having just 12 points to show for the season thus far. With Washington's win this weekend, Columbus fell to last place.

Despite CBJ's struggles, however, the team should never be fully discounted. In 10 of their 18 games, Columbus has lost by just one goal, and they've gone to the shootout twice. They have also on rare occasion sh...

Free Agency 2012: Philadelphia Flyers Sign Michael Leighton To 1-Year Deal

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.

Game 82, A Playoff Preview

The stage has been set, and the opponents have been decided: the Philadelphia Flyers (47-29-9) will be facing the Pittsburgh Penguins (50-29-6) in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Based on games played by both teams on Thursday night, Pittsburgh will end the season in 4th place and the Flyers in 5th in the Eastern Conference.

The New York Rangers clinched the East with a win over the Flyers on Tuesday night.

On Saturday, the Flyers and Penguins will meet in Pittsburgh for the last game of the regular season. It will be a preview of the playoff series to come, and will likely be an interesting game, based on the last matchup between the teams.

As Playoffs Approach, An Important Weekend Looms for Flyers

First comes a playoff spot and then comes the top spot in the division.

It’s a stretch, but that’s what the Philadelphia Flyers (45-24-8) will keep working towards as they face the Ottawa Senators (39-28-10) on Saturday afternoon.

After a 7-1 beatdown of the despondent Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, the Flyers will look to make it two wins in a row against Ottawa. The Senators will aim to continue a streak of their own, as they’ve won two straight.

In the three games between the two teams this season, the Flyers have won twice. The Senators won the last meeting, 6-4 back on January 8.

Flyers, Bobrobvsky Look To Grab Two Precious Points From Leafs

The Philadelphia Flyers (44-24-8) will enter tonight's game without something they have relied on heavily recently, a hot goaltender.

As has been reported this week, Ilya Bryzgalov will not be with the team tonight when they travel up to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs (33-35-9).

Bryzgalov suffered a bone chip on a weight bearing bone in his foot when he took a Jakub Voracek shot off his skate in warm-ups before the Flyers faced the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

Flyers Could Be Seeking No. 1 Goalie

It's a known fact that general manager Paul Holmgren is not happy with the goaltending this season from both Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky.

According to a source close to The Fourth Period, the Flyers could be seeking a number one goalie. TFP writer Dustin Leed also confirmed the goalie interest.

Trade Deadline: Even A Defenseman Can't Save These Flyers

The Flyers are considered to be buyers in the coming weeks as the trade deadline rolls near.

Players like Nashville’s Ryan Suter and Shea Weber as well as Toronto’s Luke Schenn have been mentioned in numerous possible trade situations and rumors. But in the end, will it all matter for the Flyers?

Before this turns into a column writing off the Flyers, take a step back and look at the situation the team is in. They are currently eight points behind the Rangers for the Atlantic Division lead while resting with the fourth seed.

But on the other side of the Flyers, they are only eight points ahead of the ninth place Capitals. The Flyers could very easily be in the bottom half of the playoff tree when April rolls around and their possible match ups could spell doom.