Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/29/12 at 03:50 PM ET
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets could trade Mason, but it won’t be easy to find a taker for his $3.2 million salary next season. They could put Mason on waivers and hope he gets claimed by another club. Or, if he clears waivers, the Jackets could send him to the minor leagues. The Blue Jackets could buy out the remaining year on his contract, too, allowing the two sides to part ways and Mason to become an unrestricted free agent. Or the Blue Jackets could keep him on the roster as a back-up goaltender.
The only option that’s not an option, Howson has said, is maintaining the status quo in nets.
“We need a different look in goal,” Howson said. “We need better play from that position. I told Steve in our exit interviews (earlier this month) that we’re going to have a different look at that position next year, but that right now, nobody can predict what form that’s going to take.”
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