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Flyers make change in net, acquire G Mason from Blue Jackets for G Leighton

Wednesday, 04.03.2013 / 6:35 PM / News

The Canadian Press

PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers acquired Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Michael Leighton in a deal of backup goalies.

Mason was stuck behind Sergei Bobrovsky in Columbus and was 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and a .899 save percentage. In 232 games over five seasons with the Blue Jackets, Mason has a record of 96-99-27 with a 2.90 GAA, .903 save percentage and 19 shutouts. He'll back up Ilya Bryzgalov in Philadelphia.

Leighton barely played for the Flyers after he helped lead them to the Stanley Cup finals in 2010. He appeared in one game for the Flyers this season and only 29 over the past three seasons, going 17-6-3. He allowed the winning goal in a Game 6 overtime loss to Chicago that gave the Blackhawks the Cup.

The Flyers also claimed centre Adam Hall off waivers from Tampa Bay and recalled goalie Cal Heeter from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Adirondack Phantoms.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round