Steve Mason’s Contract Extension: A Good Thing Or a Bad Thing?

September 23rd, 2010 by Ed Cmar Leave a reply »
The Columbus Blue Jackets recently provided 2008-2009 Calder Trophy recipient Steve Mason a two-year contract extension for $5.8 million. Mason will make $2.6 million for the 2011-2012 season and $3.2 million for the 2012-2013 season and will earn $905,000 for the final year of his entry level contract (2010-2011 season).

What is that old saying: "One man's burden is another man's treasure"

Or is it?

Steve Mason's 2009-2010 season can be described in two words: Sophomore Slump.

Or, if you prefer, it can covered in one word: Debacle.

For Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson, however, last season can be viewed as a bit of a break as it relates to the negotiated contract price.

For those of you who follow the team's history with franchise goalies, this should have a familiar ring to it. Does anyone remember Pascal LeClaire?

If you recall, LeClaire's NHL career was saddled with being injury-prone, failing to play more than 35 games at any time of his NHL, minor league or junior hockey career. His primary injuries were of the lower-body variety and for a butterfly-style goaltender, that does not bod ...

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