PHILADELPHIA - The Flyers acquired Steve Mason from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Michael Leighton in a deal of backup goalies Wednesday.
Mason, 23, won the Calder Trophy in 2009 as the NHL's top rookie. But this season he was stuck behind Sergei Bobrovsky - whom the Blue Jackets acquired from the Flyers in the offseason.
"I'm extremely excited for it," Mason said in an interview with TSN. "I'm really looking forward to a fresh opportunity, going to a great organization with some players that I have some history with at the World Juniors and just really looking forward to meeting the new guys and starting off fresh."
Mason was 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .899 save percentage this season. 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.
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 center Adam Hall off waivers from Tampa Bay.