Originally written on Fang Faction  |  Last updated 11/12/14

Chris Mason has been signed by the Nashville Predators to a one year deal worth $1,250,000, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today. Mason will be the back-up to Pekka Rinne for the 2012-13 season. To add onto the signing, history was made today in the Predators' front office. Mason is the first ever player to be signed by the Predators on July 1. 

Here is the tweet.

Chris Mason will be Pekka rinne's backup in Nashville. One year deal for $1.25 million plus bonuses.

— Kevin Allen (@kausatoday) July 1, 2012

Press Release to come.

Goaltender, Chris Mason returns to where his career started, Nashville. Mason was the set starting goalie late in the 2006-07 season. Although, his skills began to decrease in the 2007-08 season, when Dan Ellis stepped up to the plate in the middle of the season. After losing the starting job to Ellis, Mason played for the St. Louis Blues for two seasons and the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets for two season as well. After four seasons, he is back to Music City.

This signing made perfect sense to the Predators. After trading Anders Lindback two weeks ago, the Preds were lacking a solid back-up goaltender. We knew they had to sign a veteran goaltender. And hey, why not Chris Mason? He still owns a house in Nashville, he loves it here and isn't wanting too much money. 

It is a great signing by Poile and company to get back a familiar face. He isn't a starting goalie and will not threaten Pekka Rinne for the job. It benefits both sides.

Welcome back Chris!

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