Flyers, Mason agree to 3-year extension

The Philadelphia Flyers and goaltender Steve Mason have agreed to a 3-year contract extension worth $12.3 million with an average of $4.1 million, the team announced Saturday afternoon.

Mason,25, had a Calder Cup winning freshman year with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2008-2009 season but was inconsistent during his tenure there. He was acquired in a deal that sent Michael Leighton to the Blue Jackets last spring.

This past off-season, the Flyers offered a “show-me” contract of $1.5 million and have liked what they have seen so far from the young net minder hence the contract extension.

Although Mason has improved this season (19-11-5,2.48 GAA, .917 save percentage), one would think the Flyers’and GM Paul Holmgren are gambling by extending a goalie who has a career save percentage of .906 and a track record of inconsistent play.