Steve Mason Problem Can No Longer Be “Swept Under The Rug”

November 12th, 2009 by Aaron Tom Leave a reply »
It's been put off long enough.  It's now time for Steve Mason to be held accountable for the underwhelming start to the season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender is finally getting a taste of what it's like to have his confidence shaken, and it's costing his team.  Mason cruised through his inaugural season, winning the Calder trophy (awarded to the league's best rookie), being nominated for the Vezina (awarded to the league's best goaltender), and leading the Blue Jackets to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. 

Though he played an underwhelming playoff series against the Red Wings—Columbus was swept 4-0—the fact that he played such a crucial role in their regular season success allowed that to be forgiven.

Not anymore.

Following an embarrassing 9-1 loss against Detroit, a game in which he was pulled (though inexplicably only briefly), what started as a bad season has instantly turned into a humiliating one; one from which there is likely to be no rebound.  And yet everyone within the organization, from the announcers, on down to the coaching staff, seem to be in complete denial that the Mason of old has lost his fo ...

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