The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded goalie Steve Mason to the Philadelphia Flyers for Michael Leighton and a 3rd round pick. Mason has played in 13 games with the Blue Jackets this season and has a 3-6-1 record. He has a 2.95 goals against average and .899 save percentage.
When asked about the trade Mason had this to say:
“I’m looking forward to a fresh opportunity with some new guys [in Philadelphia],” Mason told TSN.com. “Sergei Bobrovsky has really taken the ball and run with it, but every goalie wants a fresh start and no goalie likes to be sitting on the bench so I’m looking forward to this.”
Bobrovsky ironically played for the Flyers last year but was traded to the Blue Jackets in the off-season for a 2012 2nd and 4th round draft pick and a 2013 4th round draft pick. Bobrovsky has been doing amazing this season for the Blue Jackets being named to the NHL’s 3 stars of the week multiple times. This was an especially bitter pill for the Flyers to swallow due to the troubles they have been having with goaltending. This trade will be a definite upgrade for them and one that Flyers fans should be excited about. The Flyers are only a few points out of a playoff spot and Luke Schenn pointed out in an interview today that the Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils weren’t at the top of their divisions last year and they made it all the way to the finals. In other words anything can happen.
UPDATE: 3rd round pick is for the 2015 draft.