Mason had his exit interview at the Skate Zone yesterday along with many of his teammates on locker cleanout day. He took the time to open up about his future, his past and how hard it is to perform on a consistent basis when you’re stuck wondering about your contract and your playing time night in and night out.
“It doesn’t work and I think it’s shown throughout the league that it doesn’t work,” Mason said via Mike Sielski of Philly.com. “Tampa got rid of their situation. St. Louis got rid of their situation. It’s got nothing to do with Neuvy and I as people; I’ve got no issues with Neuvy. It just doesn’t work for the goaltending position. It’s just the way the position is played. You can’t be in and out, in and out. You have to have the flow. I believe when given that flow, we’ve done well with it.”
Mason has performed at the top of his game when he becomes “the guy,” starting and winning seven straight games in net (and eight of the ten overall) during the 10-game win streak with Michal Neuvirth out of the lineup. He finished the season 26-21-8 with a .908 save percentage and 2.66 goals against average, but a brutal start to the season had him in a hole that he climbed out of towards a more respectable finish.
Mase was steady and strong in net over the final 17 games of the season, though it may be too little too late for most Flyers faithful and the Flyers organization. General Manager Ron Hextall apparently told Mason that they have some pieces that need to fall in place before the signs clearly point to re-signing him or letting him walk.
“They have to figure some things out,” Mason said. “Whatever those things are, I’m not aware of.”
Whatever the Flyers choose to do regarding Mason, he feels that he has the ability to be that guy.
“I’m confident in my abilities as a goaltender and as a number-one goaltender,” he said, “and I hoped the organization would have echoed those statements.”
Neuvirth, on the other hand, has already been locked up for two more years. He still echoed Mason’s feelings in regards to a tandem, admitting that there was extra pressure in a contract year and never knowing who was the number one goaltender all season.
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