Philadelphia Flyers

Mason, Elliott cash in on robust free agent goalie market

Brian Elliott looked at the free agent landscape for goaltenders and knew it wasn't pretty.

There were only a handful of openings for starters or in platoon situations, making the process plenty stressful for him and his goaltending counterparts around the NHL.

Even in this climate, the goaltending market was robust on the first day of free agency as Elliott signed a two-year deal with Philadelphia, Steve Mason with Winnipeg and Ryan Miller with Anaheim.

"With the spots open to play a majority of the games and be a major contributor and not a backup, there weren't that many spots," Elliott said after signing a $5.5 million deal worth $2.75 million each...