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The first bit of Flyers news in weeks is not good news.

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Starting goaltender Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger according to a statement released by the team. General manager Ron Hextall said in a statement, “Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger playing hockey in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday, July 27. Mason will miss approximately two (2) weeks of on-ice training but will continue with his off-ice training.”

The good news is Mason is a right-handed catching goaltender so the broken finger is in his glove hand, not his stick hand, making it slightly less serious. The timing of the injury is relatively good as it does not appear that he will miss any of training camp and he can continue to workout

For the Flyers to be successful in 2013-14, they are going to need their starting goaltender to pick up his stellar play where he left off in the playoffs. The finger injury is a setback but it shouldn't derail Mason's play when the regular season kicks off on October 8th in Boston.

The first bit of Flyers news in weeks is not good news.

Starting goaltender Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger according to a statement released by the team. General manager Ron Hextall said in a statement, “Steve Mason broke his right pinky finger playing hockey in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday, July 27. Mason will miss approximately two (2) weeks of on-ice training but will continue with his off-ice training.”

The good news is Mason is a right-handed catching goaltender so the broken finger is in his glove hand, not his stick hand, making it slightly less serious. The timing of the injury is relatively good as it does not appear that he will miss any of training camp and he can continue to work out off the ice.

For the Flyers to be successful in 2013-14, they are going to need their starting goaltender to pick up his stellar play where he left off in the playoffs. The finger injury is a setback but it shouldn't derail Mason's play when the regular season kicks off on October 8th in Boston.

Mason, 26, went 33-18-7 with a 2.50 GAA and a .917 SV% in his first full season in Philadelphia. He set a new career-best with his .917 SV% while tying his career-high in games played (61) and wins (33). In four playoff games against the New York Rangers, he went 2-2 with a 1.97 GAA and a .939 SV%. He signed a three-year, $12.3 million contract extension in January that kicks off in 2013-14 with a $4.1 million cap hit.

The Flyers signed goaltender Ray Emery to a one-year, $1 million deal to continue to backup Mason this season so Emery could see some more action if this injury lingers.

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