Sitting on a plane bound for Toronto, Steve Mason tried to collect his thoughts on his way to meet new teammates. The goalie, who turned 25 at the end of May, was finally able to wipe the slate clean. While the Oakville, Ontario, product won the Calder Trophy his rookie year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, nothing seemed to go right afterward.

When this season’s lockout ended, former Flyer Sergei Bobrovsky took over the starting role in Columbus after Mason had so many opportunities across 3½ years yet never could return to his rookie form.

He started his 2011-12 season with eight losses and endured three injuries, his own teammates the blame on each of them. He had head injuries from stopping shots in warmups and the morning skate, and during one game a teammate’s skate cut his blocker hand to the bone.

(Click here to continue reading)

Dave Isaac covers the Flyers for 97.3 ESPN and The Courier Post.  Reach Dave Isaac at disaac@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @davegisaac.