By Steph Greegor
Standing 64 and dressed in a light blue t-shirt and jeans after practice Friday, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason looked calm and confident with just a little over a week left before the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Its been a tough year, he said. Theres been a lot of soul searching.
The 2008-09 Calder Memorial Trophy winner has treaded far from his expected path of glory. While the two seasons after his stellar playoff run showing in 2008-09 left much to be desired, this season took him to a place no one ever thought hed go: The back-up to the back-up. After the CBJ started the season off with 8 straight losses, winning only 2 of 12 in the month of October, and several failed attempts to get Mason back to Vezina-nominated form over a series of failed starts thereafter, it wasnt long before back-up goalie Curtis Sanford took over Mases ice.
With all the promise of the off-season signings, coming into training camp, I had nothing but high...