Goalie Steve Mason signed a two year deal with an annual $4.1million cap hit with the Winnipeg Jets this offseason after being with the Philadelphia Flyers since the 2012-13 season.

Mason, like Flyers fans has probably had the Flyers-Jets matchup circled on his calendar, unfortunately he won't get to play his former team on Thursday night in Winnipeg. 

Obviously Mason was flanked by Philly reporters at their first opportunity, and Mason made some surprising comments about his time in Philly, saying the four seasons in the city of brotherly love saved his career. 

“I feel very fortunate to have been part of that organization for five years,” Mason said. “I made a lot of friends there. I enjoyed playing in front of a passionate fan base, just an overall great sports city. And I’m proud to have been a Philadelphia Flyer.”

While Flyers fans might have a reputation for being tough on goalies, Mason only had positive things to say about Flyers fans. 

“I didn’t really think much of that,” he said. “I just took it as a fresh opportunity and a place where you get to play in front of a sold-out building with passionate fans. For me, that was fun. Looking back on it, I was fortunate to have it.”

When last season started to wind down, there were many stories floating around about the relationship between Mason and the Flyers organization. Mason made it clear that if he had his way, he'd still be in Philly. 

"I wanted to return to Philly, they wanted to go in a different direction. … In the summer, there were no discussions, so you move on. I’m happy to be in Winnipeg.”

Unfortunately for Mason, he hasn't found his game in Winnipeg yet posting a 1-3-1 record, 3.76 goals against average and .892 save percentage. 

Source: Philly.com
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