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via Kevin Allen tweet,
Chris Mason will be Pekka rinne’s backup in Nashville. One year deal for $1.25 million plus bonuses.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
The veteran goalie remains hopeful he can get a new deal done with the Winnipeg Jets and avoid unrestricted free agency. But he’s also been around long enough to realize that it might take getting to July 1 before the sides find common ground.
“I really have no idea,” Mason said in a telephone interview from Red Deer, Alta.
Much like everyone who follows the Jets, Mason is curious to see what effect, if any, the move to acquire Jonas Gustavsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs has on his future.
Finding a resolution with pending unrestricted free agent Ondrej Pavelec remains the top priority for the Jets, general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff reiterated on Saturday.
“A lot hinges on getting things done with Pav,” said Mason, who was 8-7-1 with a 2.59 goals against average and .898 save percentage last season. “We talked (with the Jets) last week before the draft and we haven’t spoken to them since. They’ve got a lot of things going on. It’s just a numbers game now, we’ll see how the dominoes fall.
“I don’t know if I’d say stressful, but there is so much uncertainty. You know what, it’s totally business. They have to protect themselves. They can’t leave themselves in a vulnerable situation.”
From the CP via TSN:
The players have been given no indication one way or the other where they’ll be playing home games next season, according to goaltender Chris Mason.
“They’re not going to include us in any of the stuff and we shouldn’t be either,” Mason said Friday from his off-season home in Red Deer, Alta. “We’ll know probably the same time or after everybody else knows, that’s the way it goes.
“We’re sitting on the edge of our seats waiting to see what’s going to happen, too.”
Gary Bettman doesn’t sound any more certain himself:
“There has been so much speculation. How many people in your line of work were reporting the Coyotes were going to Winnipeg? Where is that coming from? It’s made up. It didn’t happen. The minute the Coyotes made it clear they’re staying, we’re on to Atlanta.
“True North is going about their business and they’re taking a businesslike approach,” Bettman said. “We are pleased with that, but there’s nothing to report… I never say never about anything. There is no deal right now.”
The daily toast to last night’s stars around the league (with an extra day to quickly catch up on, thanks to an annoyance in another sector of my life that was completely beyond my control). Now then…
From Tuesday’s games, JJ’s Three Cheers go out to:
***Mathieu Garon of the Columbus Blue Jackets, for a 29-save, 3-0 shutout over Montreal
**Minnesota’s Niklas Backstrom, for a 36-save, 1-0 blanking of San Jose
*And big time cheers to Vancouver’s Raffi Torres, whose hat trick led the Canucks to a 4-3 win over Edmonton.
On to last night, with a few highlights to throw around, as usual:
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For the Atlanta Thrashers, a team with just one playoff appearance in ten National Hockey League seasons (and not a single post-season victory to their credit), the time for a fresh start was clearly at hand.
By first turning a negative into a positive in moving on from superstar sniper Ilya Kovalchuk late last season and then raiding the cabinet of the cap-crunched Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Atlanta begins their new era, under both a new general manager and head coach in Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay, with a wealth of promising youth and several veterans with recent championship experience.
They may no longer boast an individual showstopper but that formula wasn’t producing a consistent winner in Blueland anyway (and that alone rarely does as much anywhere). The post-Kovalchuk Thrashers appear to be headed for greener pastures, though there will be that little issue of replacing his 45+ goals, of course.
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from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
A new hat was in order. The goaltender immediately put the lid on his shaved head after an on-ice workout last week with some of his new teammates at the Thrashers practice facility.
“You have to change your allegiance,” said Mason, who spent the past two seasons with St. Louis after stints with Nashville and Florida. The 34-year-old signed a two-year contract as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Mason took up temporary housing upon arriving in town early last season, eager to get to work and get to know his new teammates. Mason, who dresses in the stall once occupied by Johan Hedberg, is one of several key off-season acquisitions by the Thrashers.
“I think it takes a little time,” Mason said of getting acclimated to a new locker room. “There are a lot of us in the same situation. Basically, you have to come in and be yourself. Hockey guys are such good guys and it’s easy. Everybody so far as been great and welcoming and it’s easy to pretty easy to walk in. Everyone makes you feel so comfortable that it’s not to difficult. With a lot of us being on the same path it will be easy and guys will click and get to know each other.”
Kevin Allen tweets,
Chris Mason is Atlanta’s new No. 1 goalie, signing a two-year deal with yearly salaries of $1.6 and $2.1 million.
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues have finally offered definition to their goaltending plans for next season, opening discussions this week on a contract extension for Chris Mason.
Nearly two months have passed since the end of the Blues’ season, but with three weeks left before the start of free agency, the club says there’s plenty of time to get a deal done with its starter of the past 1½ seasons.
“We all know the ground rules,” Blues President John Davidson said. “It sounds generic, but it depends on dollars and depends on terms. Both sides have to decide what they want to do or it’ll go to July 1.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of Game Time at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In case you missed it, here’s what Blues goaltender Chris Mason said following Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Nashville.
“I’m definitely not going to single anybody out, but some guys showed up and worked as hard as they could and some guys didn’t,” Mason said. ”When you’re in a desperate situation like we are, we need everybody to come and compete, and we didn’t have that.”
continue for some reaction from teammates and coach…
Chris Mason was the dfference in the Blues win over the Wings today.
Check out the glove save on Dan Cleary.
Blues goaltender Chris Mason participated in a tele-conference today…
Q. Just wondering, I’m sure this is a question that you have not been asked yet, but do you think you need rest before the end of the season?
CHRIS MASON: No, I don’t, actually. You know, I’m getting good rest on the off days, and they are taking care of me like that.
So I’m definitely saving my energy for the games, and, you know, at this point in the season, you just find the energy. It’s just when you go out on the ice and you’re playing these games that mean so much, you just find the energy. All of the other players are expected to do it, so I don’t see why the goalies can’t, too.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Chris Mason underwent emergency appendectomy surgery on Thursday night. He is expected to miss approximately two weeks.
fromo Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
After a sub-par season in Nashville, where Mason was ousted as the starter and then forgotten, he’s been traveling to Calgary this summer to work with Tyler Love, who runs World Pro Goaltending. Love, who has worked with Montreal’s Carey Price and Los Angeles’ Jason Labarbera, is trying to help Mason upgrade his technique.
“It’s been a few things he wanted to work on ... when to stay down, when to get back to your feet,” Love said. “They are skills the new goalies coming up have ... like a Carey Price, who is very good technique-wise. Chris has been in the league awhile, and he wanted to go back and focus on his skills.”
The work appears to be similar to what Blues assistant Rick Wamsley has done with Legace over the past two years. Wamsley has spent countless hours improving Legace’s footwork, and Legace’s trip to the NHL All-Star game last season illustrated the success.
added 3:25pm, Just realized this story is about a month old… sorry!
from the Nashville Predators,
The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Can’t help but cheer for a guy like Chris Mason, named the third star by the NHL on Monday after the Nashville goalie stopped 63 of 64 shots in leading the Predators to a pair of opening wins. With Tomas Vokoun traded to Florida, Mason finally gets a chance to become a No. 1 goalie in this league, something I know he’s craved for a long time. He could be one of the best stories of the season.
more NHL bits plus some Forseberg talk…