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Columbus would like to trade Steve Mason, might have trouble doing so

Jan 29, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

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The Blue Jackets have had their fair share of issues this season and one of the biggest one surrounds starting goalie Steve Mason. Mason has been bad yet again this season and without getting steady goaltending (among other things), the Blue Jackets have been buried at the bottom of the Western Conference.

According to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, the Jackets would like to alleviate their situation with Mason by dealing him. As Matheson shares, doing that could prove to be awfully difficult for GM Scott Howson.

The Columbus Blue Jackets want to unload goalie Steve Mason, but with one more year at $3.2 million and his game in tatters, the market for the former rookie-of-the-year is about .08 on a 1-to-10 scale. A better bet is they put him on waivers and a team gets him at half price on re-entry.

Mason is at his lowest possible value and swinging a deal for him won’t give Columbus much in return. Trying to float him through waivers only gets them relief from his salary. In other words, Columbus is kind of stuck.

Going through all that effort at this point in the season could prove to be more trouble than it’s worth. Looking at the crop of free agent goalies for the summer doesn’t offer much hope. Unless the Blue Jackets are going to shake things up on the restricted free agent market, going after guys like Tomas Vokoun or Scott Clemmensen doesn’t offer much hope for the future.

  1. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    It would be a mistake for the CBJs to get rid of Mason. He hasn’t played that good but he isn’t the only problem this team has. Unless they have an ‘up and coming’ prospect, they should stick with Mason and help him figure things out. This team is more than just a franchise goalie away from contending for a Stanley Cup.

    • timthomashero - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

      He has too much history (even though he is young) in Columbus now. 85% of it is bad.

      Another team should take him, put him in the AHL for a season or 3 until he gets his sh!t together. Great project.

      • icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:34 PM

        You really think that will work. You regulate him to the AHL, you may lose him forever. CBJ is making a mistake if they waive him. And if they trade Mason, they aren’t getting much in return.

      • timthomashero - Jan 29, 2012 at 4:36 PM

        I don’t think a lot of people realize that his Calder award was basically won during a 2 month hot streak in the second half of the year. Besides that run, he has been terrible. I mean just terrible. I don’t get any joy from saying it.

        Mason represents losing to a lot of fans now. He has no confidence. Where do young players go to gain confidence and learn how to win and dominate? The minors. Tell me what the options are please?

        You just can’t keep playing him, he’s already damaged goods. So either unload him for next to nothing, put him in your own farm system and let him get his confidence back or waive him. I’m not really an expert but I can’t think of to many things to do with this player.

  2. busieks - Jan 29, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    IMO, they need to get a legit goaltender. One that isn’t Sieve Mason, and commit To an overall defensive game. Much like they did (and the blues are doing now) with Hitchcock at the helm. Either way having Sieve between the pipes won’t bring in the wins.

    Good contending teams start with goaltending. Building upon that is what you want to do.

  3. east96st - Jan 29, 2012 at 3:25 PM

    “The Columbus Blue Jackets want to unload goalie Steve Mason”

    I want to come home to the Victoria Secret Angels romping through my home in lingerie. That ain’t happening, either.

  4. pavelfitzgerald - Jan 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    At the very least you keep this guy as a backup for this year & next’s & make a decision then when his contract runs out. Columbus is a mess & Mason is the least of their worries. Eat his contract, run the clock out & see if he’s salvagable.

  5. trbowman - Jan 29, 2012 at 6:01 PM

    Who would want him? Dude sucks.

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jan 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    It’s hard to play for a team knowing that even if you only give up 1 goal, you’re going to lose

  7. emoser - Jan 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Flyers might be willing to trade for him. I don’t think Columbus would like who they’d be offered in return…

    • steelwarriors55 - Jan 29, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      funny I was going to propose the same deal…..

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