Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sieve Mason: Lost in the Woods

2 wins, 10 losses, 1 overtime loss. 3.70 GAA. .869 SV% - those are some depressing numbers right there. Steve Mason is consistently putting up some of the worst performances of his career and has glaring comparisons to a shooting sieve. While the play of the Columbus Blue Jackets can be blamed for their horrible start, it's not like Mason is giving them any help in the goaltending department. In 13 games this season, Mason has given up 3+ goals 10 times, and 4+ goals 7 times. Why his he still being started in games? They have no one else to fill in.

Columbus' first backup, Mark Dekanich, is out with a high ankle sprain and 2nd backup, Curtis Sanford, is also hurt with a groin injury. That leaves Allen York, as the Blue Jackets backup. Wait...Who? York made his first NHL appearance for the Blue Jackets in their first win of the season versus the Detroit Red Wings when he came in for 3 minutes while Mason had some repairs made. York played a few AHL games for Springfield near the end of the 2010-11 season, and was expected to battle for the Falcons starting position. So basically, Mason has nobody to challenge him. Without anyone pushing him or threatening his starting job, Mason is a real problem for Columbus.

Mason had his best year as a rookie in 2008-09, in which he took home the Calder Memorial Trophy and was a Vezina Trophy nominee. That year he had 33 wins and led the league in shutouts with 10. Mason had just come out of junior with a lot of hardware including the World Junior Championship MVP and pleased the Columbus crowd as the Blue Jackets made the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. After a so-so sophmore year, the Blue Jackets awarded Steve Mason with a 2 year contract extension worth $5.8 million and Scott Howson was quoted as saying:
"He is an important member of our team and we're excited that he will continue to be a significant contributor to our hockey club in the future."
The way Mason is playing, does he still have a future in Columbus?

6 comments:

  1. CBJ should give Marty Turco a chance.

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  2. I had a Sieve growing up in my backyard. Use to shoot at that thing all year round. He right now is playing better then Mason.
    Mason is still young so can turn it around. But I think he should be a back up somewhere for now.

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  3. Columbus is a train wreck right now. I feel for Rick Nash

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  4. Mason has lost all confidence and times like this you need a solid veteran back up goalie.

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  5. If that is a Steve Mason shooter tutor then you need to cut off the whole lower half. Everything a foot off the ice goes in on this guy.

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  6. If I am the leafs I deal for Mason. His stock is low right now and they could get him with sending the Monster and a prospect.

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