Atlanta Signs Chris Mason to a 2-year, $3.7M Deal

July 01, 2010

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Jeff Ponder

Atlanta Signs Chris Mason to a 2-year, $3.7M Deal

After gobbling up Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd from the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks, the Thrashers have signed Chris Mason, formerly of the St. Louis Blues.

Mason had a good season in 2009-10, posting a 30-22-8 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.53 GAA.  He is best at stopping shooters on side-to-side movement, and can also make that spectacular save when needed.  The only knock on Mason may be his rebound control; many goals allowed last season were on second or third shots.

The Thrashers may have gotten a steal on Mason though.  The Canadian goaltender commanded $3.50 last season, and even turned down an extension from St. Louis before the Blues acquired Jaroslav Halak from Montreal, reportedly worth around $3.70 million.  Now signing at a cap-hit of $1.85 million, Mason joins Ondrej Pavelec as the goaltending tandem for the Thrashers. 

Was this signing to make Mason the starter?  I would guess not.  The Thrashers made a good move in getting Mason, but this just may be what Pavelec needs to really challenge for a number one job in Atlanta.  Great move no matter how you look at it by the Thrashers.

Keywords: andrew ladd, atlanta thrashers, ben eager, brent sopel, chris mason, dustin byfuglien, nhl, ondrej pavelec

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