The Flyers goal tending position is one of the most controversial positions in sports, let alone hockey. There have been many years since the Flyers have had a true, long-term #1 goalie. A few years ago, Paul Holmgren plucked unknown Russian keeper Sergei Bobrovsky from the KHL on an entry-level rookie deal. Thanks to a pre-season injury of Michael Leighton (the guy signed to be the starter... yeah I know) and some superb pre-season goal tending from "Bob", Sergei Bobrovsky was named the opening day starter just three short years ago.
My how a lot can change. After a horrid goaltending performance in the playoffs a couple of years ago we went out and signed Bryz to a 9-year deal, leaving no role for Bob, so he was traded for a second and third pick. As it usually goes with former Flyers, Bob lit up Columbus and made many people regret that he was ever traded. Once Bob grabbed the starting spot in Columbus, it made Steve Mason very expendable. The Flyers scooped up Mason for a bag of pucks (Leighton) and a 3rd round pick.
Nearly two-thirds of a calendar year later, here we are. Bob exploded onto the Columbus scene last year winning the Vezina, although he's slowed his pace considerably this year. Meanwhile, Steve Mason has become the newest hopeful answer to the Flyers long-term goalie issues.
Here are both goalies numbers with their respective new teams:
Goalie GP MIN GA Shots SV% GAA
Steve Mason 60 3487 133 1712 0.922 2.29
Sergei Bobrovsky 26 1498 51 802 0.936 2.04
My question to you is which goalie would you rather have going forward, Mase or Bob?