Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 3/18/12

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 10: Goaltender Steve Mason #1 of the Columbus Blue Jackets warms up before the NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena on October 10, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blue Jackets defeated the Coyotes 2-0. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
If clothes make the man, does equipment make the goaltender? Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason, mired in a funk since his trophy-winning rookie season, believes that bigger equipment could pave his return to glory. On Feb. 11, Mason changed every bit of equipment except his helmet. His pads got bigger, his glove got bigger ... his pants even were expanded for a looser more comfortable fit. "We totally redesigned his equipment," Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark told The Columbus Dispatch. "He was playing undersized, relative to the league limits." Mason didn't only get bigger. He was looking for more protection. "There were times with the old stuff when I was getting hit in the ribs and was full of bruises," Mason said. "You almost become scared of getting hit with the puck, so you're turning your body away, and that's not the right way to play. "With the new stuff, you have confidence that pucks aren't going to hurt you, and because it's larger, some pucks that might...
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