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It's Hockey Day in Canada with a slew of games on tap, starting with three afternoon games. All seven Canadian teams are in action, with the Habs and Leafs renewing their ageless rivalry while Vancouver attempts to right the ship against lowly Calgary. But the biggest news today has come out of Philadelphia, with Steve Mason signing a three-year, 12.3 million extension Saturday morning.
It's an interesting move for the Flyers. With a cap hit of $4.1 million, it's an easily manageable number with the cap rising to $71.1 million for the 2014-15 season. For a team that has a reputation for lacking proper cap management skills (Ilya "Spaceman" Bryzgalov, anyone?), this is a surprising move.
Mason has played well and rightfully earns the contract with a 19-11-5 record and a .917 save percentage, despite the Flyers' struggles early in the season which ended up costing head coach Peter Laviolette his job. Mason has been one of the better Flyers this season, and his steady play contributed to the team's mid-season turnaround, climbing all the way to second place in the division after languishing near the bottom to start the season.
This also likely means that Ray Emery's time with the Flyers is over, unless he decided to stay a little longer on a short-term contract where he'll have to fight Mason for the starting job yet again. Goalies are always an interesting market because there can be so much volatility.
Sergei Bobrovsky, who struggled