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Is Steve Mason a step closer to saving his career?

Mar 2, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

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Given how far they’ve fallen, it’s hard to believe that back in 2008-09, everything seemed to be finally looking up for the Columbus Blue Jackets. It wasn’t because they had built a great supporting cast around Rick Nash – only one Blue Jackets player outside of Nash even reached the 50 point mark that season – it was because they had rookie goaltending sensation Steve Mason.

Mason was a game changer for the Blue Jackets and while he’s certainly been a difference maker in the three seasons that have followed, it’s been for all the wrong reasons. Since then, finding out how to restore Mason to his former glory has been a top priority and while very little of it has actually led to tangible results, he is encouraged by a recent tweak he’s made at the guidance of goaltending coach Ian Clark.

“It was just reducing my depth off the rush,” Mason said. “It was something that (he) and I worked on the last couple practices. I was getting a little bit too far out and making too many extra movements.”

Mason thinks the change played a role in his 33-save shutout on shutout on Thursday. Only time will tell if Mason is one step closer to getting out of his three season rut. After all, since he won the Calder Trophy, he has had some great starts. The problem is that the vast majority of his outings have been far less encouraging.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Mar 2, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Getting out of Columbus would be a big step towards saving his career.

    • cincycbjfan - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:14 AM

      Having Mason get out of Columbus would be a big step towards saving the franchise! Now, if he could only take Howson and Priest with him upon departure…

  2. east96st - Mar 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

    Dear Steve,

    I have been watching you play since day one. Please don’t delude yourself that “getting a little too far out” is your only issue. It’s not. Besides, we’ve been to this dance before. A tweak here and there and you have a good game or two and you think you’ve got all your demons beat. Then, and we both know this, you will come out and let 6 goals in and get pulled in the early second and we’ll be back at square one again. Honestly, I don’t blame you. You were rushed up from the minors, you caught the League by surprise, and then Detroit gave the whole NHL the blueprint on how to beat you. It’s been all down hill since then. And management, well, we both know they put too much on your shoulders and gave you far, far too little help. I blame Howson and Priest more than I blame you. It simply was not fair to throw money at you, declare you the next messiah, and give you no defensive help and continue to screw up the draft year after year. Who could succeed under those circumstances? No one. But let’s be brutally frank – you’re a head case, kid. Seriously, you have more wild mood swings then a teenage girl sweating out who will ask her to the prom and what she’ll wear. It’s not like the press is ripping you a new one everyday. One newspaper in the whole town and they are partial owners of the team! As a guy who was born and raised in NYC, if you played for the Rangers, the NY press corps would eaten you alive after that fiasco in the playoffs. You have it kinda easy here . You’re able to fly under the radar to a degree. If you can’t make it here, you’l get destroyed anywhere else. Go back to the minors and get yourself a good shrink. You may be able to mount a comeback one day. But until you get your head straight, you’re really basically useless.

    • lsxphotog - Mar 2, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      Nailed it.

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