Thursday, February 6, 2014
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Mason in goal for season opener; Emery trying hard not to be disappointed
"At the end of last (season) he really played terrific for us," Laviolette said of Mason after the club's morning skate at Wells Fargo Center. "Either one of them could have started. If we had to base it on anything it was just the way that (Mason) played at the end of last year, the way that he came into camp in shape and the way he played in camp."
Statistically, the goalies' performances in the preseason was a wash ... mainly because preseason stats mean nothing. But for the record, both of them made three appearances, neither of them won a game. Mason's numbers (3.67 GAA; .859 SP) paled slightly to Emery's (3.30; .873). The only thing those numbers indicate are how badly the Flyers played as a team in a 1-5-1 preseason.
To Laviolette, both Emery and Mason "played well" in their exhibition outings.
"Both goaltenders deserved it," the coach said. "You could have made the case for either one. We just decided to go with Steve. He's had a great camp."
Emery tried to shrug off the Mason selection, but did seem a bit disappointed ... as he should be.
"You always want to play, but there's a lot of games in the season," Emery said. "You're going to get a chance to play. ... There's a lot of games in a season and a lot of back-to-backs. Both guys will get a chance to play and both guys are going to want to do well. Right now I'm going to get as prepared as I can.
"It's the start of the season, you have two goalies, one guy's got to play. So like I said, I'll be prepared when I get a chance to play."
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Morin signed to entry-level deal, might see early action
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Cleary situation unclear as Flyers begin camp
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Flyers might not be getting Cleary, after all
Saturday, September 7, 2013
Gill to attend Flyers camp on tryout contract
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Contract extension good for Flyers, not so much for Couturier
Saturday as mere offseason office work.
In fact, with one sign-off of the move by Couturier, Holmgren pulled off one of his better moves in
Couturier, only 20, might have been a little shaken by the sub-par season he had in 2013. He
came back a little toward the end, but his promising rookie season was rendered forgotten by
a labor lockout that bred a textbook sophomore slump over several months.
Entering the final year of his entry level contract that pays him $1.375 million if all performance bonuses are reached, Couturier Saturday signed a two-year extension for a total of $3.5 million that won't kick in against the cap until next year.
He did this instead of playing the season out ahead of being a restricted free agent.
So Holmgren has done the right thing, getting real value out of re-signing a player who played well below expectations last season, and one that still garners real value on the trade market.
For barely any raise, Couturier successfully locked himself in for two more years at a salary which could soon look undervalued.
In so doing, he also has made his trade value soar. Any interested GM would be twice as attracted when a young player like this is tied up for this season and two others at a very reasonable salary.
In retrospect, and given time to gain business wisdom, Couturier might realize he could have waited. A player's salary doesn't go down at a young age. But coming off one so-so half of a sophomore season, Couturier did himself no favors by signing early.