Found November 04, 2011 on Fox - The Hockey Guy:
It’s official: Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason is broken beyond repair, at least at the NHL level. He needs a lengthy rehabilitative stint in the AHL to relocate his game.During the last two seasons his goals-against average soared from 2.29 to 3.05 and 3.03. He was 24-21-7 with a .901 save percentage last year. This year has gotten even worse; his GAA is 3.36 and his save percentage is .880.Mason allowed four goals on just 11 Maple Leaf shots Thursday night and departed 5:31 into the second period. Toronto’s 4-1 victory – with somebody named Ben Scrivens in goal -- left the Blue Jackets with a 2-10-1 record. Afterward, Columbus coach Scott Arniel put the blame squarely on Mason.“Their goaltender was better than our goaltender, plain and simple,” Arniel told reporters. “Their guy made a lot of big saves. One end (of the ice) was good and one end wasn’t. That’s the end of that story.”Let’s review the carnage, as dutifully reported by the Columbus Dispatch: Mason allowed a goal o...

Struggling Mason to return to Columbus net Saturday

The Columbus Blue Jackets are giving struggling netminder Steve Mason another chance.Mason will get the start Saturday as the Blue Jackets face the Flyers in Philadelphia. Columbus comes into the game saddled with the NHL's worst record at 2-10-1.Mason, 23, has been a big reason for the club's slide to the league basement. After winning the Calder Trophy in 2009, Mason has...

Putting a Fork in Steve Mason

To say that being an NHL goaltender is a difficult job is one of the biggest understatements one can make. In the past 20 years 336 men have tackled that job, only 127 of those players passed the 100 game threshold, and 111 of those goaltenders never passed 10 games. The man who is currently 98th in games played by a goaltender in the past twenty years is Steve Mason. As...

Changes Afoot In Columbus?

Is the hammer ready to fall in Columbus? Is Ken Hitchcock ready to make his Blue Jackets coaching return, in place of the overmatched Scott Arniel?Is Nashville assistant GM Paul Fenton ready to replace Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson?The Blue Jackets are in the midst of a 5-22-8 slide, dating back to last season. Hitchcock is still cashing checks from the franchise from...

Blue Jackets' Carter won't be ready to face Flyers

Columbus Blue Jackets center Jeff Carter will not play against his former team this weekend. Carter suffered a broken foot while blocking a shot against the Dallas Stars on Oct. 15. The 26-year-old Carter admitted to the Columbus Dispatch that he is simply not ready to return to the ice for Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers. "I haven't even skated since...

Embattled Blue Jackets coach on ‘hitting another big bottom’

If Scott Arniel keeps his job beyond Saturday night's 9-2 evisceration of his Columbus Blue Jackets by the Philadelphia Flyers, it's either an act of sadism or the ultimate acknowledgement that sacrificing the coach is a perfunctory act in a hopeless season. Here's Arniel after the loss to the Flyers, via Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, when asked about his...

Blue Jackets call up Cam Atkinson

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets, stuck with the NHL's worst record, are leaning more on their young...

Fly-by: Flyers 9, Blue Jackets 2

Saturday, November 5, 2011 Blue Jackets FINAL 2 - 9 Flyers FINAL 1 2 3 T ...

Columbus Blue Jackets (2-10-1) at Philadelphia Flyers (7-4-2), 7 p.m. (ET)

Tonight was supposed to mark Jeff Carter's first game back in Philadelphia, but instead the winger will miss a ninth straight tilt as his Columbus Blue Jackets visit the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center.

Blue Jackets-Flyers Preview

The Philadelphia Flyers are happy they won't be seeing Jeff Carter go up against them with the Columbus Blue Jackets. They would probably like to see James van Riemsdyk and Matt Read return to action, however. The Flyers could get those wingers back Saturday night when they try to hand the lowly Blue Jackets a 12th straight road loss. Carter will miss his ninth straight game...

Leafs Close Out Back-To-Back

MAPLE LEAFS (8-3-1) at BLUE JACKETS (2-9-1) TV: SNET-Ontario, FS-Ohio (HD) Last 10: Toronto 6-3-1; Columbus 2-7-1. Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on Dec. 30, 2010, when Columbus earne...
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