note to Flyers organization, no more Russians in net please
I wouldn't never consider a Russian just because this one failed. I'm sure not all Russian goaltenders have their heads up their asses like this guy does. This one I can't really blame Homer because Snider pressured him hard into bringing him here so he kind of was in a no-win situation. The lack of depth at our blueline, in our farm system and some of these bloated contracts with NMC in them are totally on him.
I can't see an argument where anyone other than Bryz should get amnestied. Briere and Timonen have alot of cap space tied up, but their contracts are far shorter in length than Bryz. Bryz is over 30, he isn't getting any better, he is what he is. He's proven he can't handle Philly.
Mason has fallen so far from that rookie of the year season that it's easy to forget that he was one of only five goalies invited to Canada's Olympic tryout camp in 2010, when he was 21. Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury, Roberto Luongo and Cam Ward were the others, even leaving the Canadiens' Carey Price off the list.
"I don't think you can find many guys with his size who can move that well, recover that quickly," Reese said Thursday. "I'm really excited about getting him. I think it was a confidence issue with him. He was beaten down. It's time to start enjoying the game again."
Reese, who shares the same agent as Mason, believes Mason has a unique advantage. Mason is only the second righthanded-catching goaltender in Flyers history, other than Stephane Beauregard (16 games in 1992-93). J-S Aubin was also a right-catching netminder for the Flyers, but he only appeared in a preseason game.
Less than 10 percent of the NHL's goaltenders catch with their right hand. Reese has never worked with one, though he played against the most famous: Grant Fuhr. Tom Barrasso, Jose Theodore, Rick DiPietro and Tomas Vokoun are some of the other righties.
"I think it's a huge advantage," Reese said. "It provides a different look for shooters. I think sometimes when they enter the zone, they are programmed to shoot in a specific direction - mostly high and blocker side."
Mason's agent, Anton Thun, told the Daily News that he expects a 1-year contract extension to be completed within the next week for less money than he currently makes. Mason is a pending restricted free agent with a $2.9 million salary cap hit. Look for a deal in the $2 million range.
In the meantime, Reese - one of the game's best teachers - will begin to tweak Mason's potential-filled style.