"I'm a big Steve Mason fan," general manager Paul Holmgren said. "He's a very young goalie and, for his age, has a lot of experience. Ideally, we'd be able to get a guy that would work in tandem with him, but the bulk [would go] onto Steve. We'll see how it goes."
Asked whether he felt comfortable with Mason as the No. 1 goalie, Holmgren said, "I trust him as one of our two goalies, but I believe he has a bright future."
The Flyers are expected to add a veteran goalie. There are several free-agent goalies who could be in their price range, including Jose Theodore, former Flyer Ray Emery, Evgeni Nabokov, and Dan Ellis.
Teams cannot talk to prospective free agents until July 3; free agency starts July 5.
"It's going to be a wild ride for the next little while," Holmgren said.
In seven games with the Flyers, Mason had a 1.90 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage. He appeared to regain the confidence he displayed while winning the rookie-of-the-year award by compiling a 2.29 goals-against average, a .916 save percentage, and 10 shutouts in 2008-09.
The 6-foot-4, 217-pounder called the trade that brought him from Columbus for Michael Leighton and a third-round 2015 draft pick a "rebirth" of sorts, and said the last three years in Columbus had "beat me down, mentally."
Now he is ready to begin a new chapter.
"Obviously, with Bryz gone, there's an opportunity," Mason said. "I'm taking it as a big challenge and ready for it. It's an exciting time for myself."
Mason was dealt to the Flyers after Sergei Bobrovsky won the starting job in Columbus. Bobrovsky, a former Flyer, won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie this season.