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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 been mostly terrible since.He's just 2-9-1 this season with a 3.36 goals-against average, and had the worst start of his career Thursday night as he surrendered four goals on 11 shots in a one-sided loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs."I know most people would probably say ‘give it to the kid,’ but that’s
the first time ... where Mase has really been responsible for a
loss," head coach Scott Arniel said following the Toronto game.Backup Allen York will see action if Mason stumbles again.
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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...
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.
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that former Ranger Fedor Tyutin's six-year contract extension that kicks in next season and runs through 2017-18 at $4.5 million per year will keep the Rangers away from pursuing the Blue Jacket defenseman....the one thing the Rangers could use on the backend is a little more snarl which Tyutin would surely bring. But at $4.5 million...
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...
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...
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets, stuck with the NHL's worst record, are leaning more on their young...
Saturday, November 5, 2011
2 - 9
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.