As disappointing as the Flyers' first-round exit was, there is at least a silver lining. After his play over the final four games of the series, the consensus amongst Flyers fans is a cautious optimism that Steve Mason may indeed be the franchise goalie this club has been seeking for a long, long time.
The soon-to-be-26-year-old posted a 2.50 goals against average and .917 save percentage in 61 regular season games and a 1.97 GAA/.939 SV% against the Rangers in the playoffs.
On Friday, Mason took to Instagram to thank the fans.
I just want to thank the fans of Philly for making my first full year in town one to remember. It was truly a blast to play infront of a packed house every night. Already looking forward to next year and becoming a better goalie and a better team! Lots to look forward to.#thanksforthesupport #greatfans #packedhouse#seeyasoon
While a nice touch, we're a little disappointed his thank you didn't include more George the bulldog:
George Mason, a fine American name.
Separately, will any of these guys shoot the puck on the power play?
Sixers point guard T.J. McConnell is doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Raptors with a right wrist sprain.
McConnell was in a splint at practice Tuesday and said he would try to play but would leave it up to the medical staff.
McConnell is averaging 4.8 points and 5.4 assists in 38 games. The Sixers went 5-2 in the last seven games he started before his injury, and won 113-104 in Milwaukee without him. Sergio Rodriguez started at PG in McConnell's place and had 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Chasson Randle backed up the point and had 10 points and a pair of threes.
Big men update
Joel Embiid did not practice Tuesday and is listed as probable for Wednesday night when the Sixers (13-26) host the Raptors (27-13).
“Joel Embiid ... was a little bit, had the flu,” Brett Brown said.
Brown also added that he does not think Embiid's minutes limit will increase beyond 28 this season.
Jahlil Okafor (probable) did not participate in practice and received treatment. Brown said Okafor had soreness. Gerald Henderson is also probable and had an individualized workout Tuesday.
So far, 2017 has been a pretty big year for Wayne Simmonds.
In addition to being named to his first All-Star team this year, Simmonds clearly had big plans on how to spend his bye week away from hockey, before returning to play the New Jersey Devils on Saturday. He popped the question to his girlfriend, Crystal Corey, and she said yes.
Simmonds announced the engagement on his Instagram.
It could be good news for the Flyers, too. Simmonds is the second Flyer to get engaged this season after Claude Giroux popped the question in December after winning three in a row. The Flyers made the winning streak an even 10 after. Congratulations, Wayne!