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Analysis: This is Mason's Time

If you go back into the early episodes of the TCL Flyers podcast, you'll hear me proclaim Ray Emery as the Flyers' starting goaltender in 2013-14. Why? He had shown an ability to be competitive after suffering avascular necrosis in 2010. He also proved to be a valuable backup on a juggernaut Chicago Blackhawks team that won hockey's greatest prize.

Steve Mason, that other guy, played well during his seven-game tryout at the 2013 season's conclusion. Prior to that, I, and many others, fell into the trap of thinking of Mason as the sad sack goalie from The Buckeye State with undersized pads who produced a record fit for the NHL's version of a discard pile.

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Flyers Sign Union College D Shayne Gostisbehere

The Flyers have successfully signed defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere to an entry-level contract on Tuesday according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Gostisbehere is a junior at Union College, who won the NCAA Division I National Championship on Saturday in Philadelphia. He will report to the Adirondack Phantoms for the remainder of the season.

Flyers Extend D Andrew MacDonald

The Flyers have extended recently acquired defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a six-year, $30 million deal on Tuesday.

MacDonald, 27, played in 82 games this season despite sitting the last day for the Flyers. He scored four goals and 24 assists on the season, including four assists in 19 games with the Flyers.

(Photo: Andrew MacDonald takes a shot against the Sabres on April 6. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Heeter Loses Shootout In NHL Debut

Sunday afternoon didn't go exactly as Cal Heeter planned, but it was a memorable experience nonetheless for the rookie goalie, who made his NHL debut.

Heeter allowed five goals, including one in the shootout as the Flyers failed to complete one more comeback. They lost 6-5 in a shootout in their final game of the season before they begin a playoff series with the Rangers.

Heeter showed obvious jitters in the first period, allowing three goals while fighting with the puck for the first 20 minutes. He settled down for the remaining 45 minutes, allowing his team to climb back into the game and force overtime.

(Photo: Cal Heeter composes himself after allowing a first period goal. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

2013-14 Flyers Team Awards

Before Sunday's game against the Carolina Hurricanes, the Flyers handed out their annual team awards.

The following is the list of awards and the winners for the 2013-14 season.

Flyers Beat Penguins in OT; Lock Up First Round Series with Rangers

The Flyers found out who their first round opponent in the playoffs will be.

The Flyers beat the Penguins 4-3 in overtime, clinching third place in the Metropolitan Division. It will set up a first round series with the New York Rangers, who the Flyers have had a poor track record with this season.

Flyers Lock Up Playoff Spot; Beat Panthers

The Flyers are in the playoffs.

After a dismal start to the season, the firing of coach and the questioning of their captain's mettle, the Flyers locked up a spot in the playoffs with a 5-2 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.

Claude Giroux, the captain in question, scored two goals in a span of two minutes, 21 seconds in the second period. He now has 27 goals on the season and is fourth in the NHL with 81 points.

Weekly Flyers Preview: Apr. 6-Apr. 12

The Flyers begin this week looking to clinch a spot in the playoffs. One win will put them into the postseason.

This past weekend, the Flyers saw their losing streak drop to four games with a 5-2 loss to Boston on the road. They rebounded, handling the Sabres 5-2 at home. Unfortunately in the Sabres game, they lost Zac Rinaldo for the next four games due to suspension from a hit he delivered in that game.

Flyers Lose Fourth Straight

The Flyers finally ended their scoring drought that spanned over two games. They couldn't overcome their losing skid though.

The Flyers lost their fourth straight game on Saturday, a 5-2 loss at the hands of the Bruins, who started the Flyers losing streak last weekend.

It was a score that didn't represent the type of game starting goalie Ray Emery had. Emery made 37 saves on 41 shots as the Flyers were out-shot 42-26.

Flyers Defense Having a Better Season Than Expected

Coming into this season, hopes were not high for the defensemen on the Flyers roster.

Between Kimmo Timonen aging, Andrej Meszaros struggling, and the seemingly odd Mark Streit signing, fans had a lot of questions and concerns.

Fast forward to April and no one has been questioning the defense of this Flyers team. Timonen no longer looks his age, Meszaros was sent to Boston, and Streit has been able to play a lot of minutes.

(Photo: N0. 8 Nicklas Grossmann battles in the front of goalie Ray Emery with St. Louis' Alexander Steen on Tuesday. Photo by Mark Buckner/NHLI via Getty Images)