Monday, September 20, 2010

Jackets Sign Mason to Extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets announced on Monday that they have signed their number one goalie, Steve Mason, to a new 2-year contract extension, which will kick in after the 2011 season and will run through the 2013 season.  Mason's 2-year extension will pay him $2.6 million in 2012 and $3.2 million in 2013, which works out to be a $2.9 million cap hit each season.

Mason found himself a victim of the sophomore jinx in the 2010 season, not living up to the high expectations of his Calder Trophy winning year.  Mason finished last season with a 20-26-9 record in 58 appearances for Columbus, picking up 5 shutouts and 2 assists in the process as well.  That gave him 52 points in the pools last year, ranking him 24th among goalies last year.

In 2009, Mason was good for 86 points, which was good enough for 16th in the league and 5th among goalies.  There is definite potential for points for Mason, but there also has to be some reasonable play in front of him by his defense and forwards.  I think the Blue Jackets should have a decent defense in front of him, but it won't be good enough to let Mason coast through many games.  If Mason can start standing on his head like he did two seasons ago, he should be good for 80 points or more, but its really up to him how many points he can get.

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