Third time wasn’t a charm when it came to the addition of Chris Mason to the Predators roster. The first player to grace Nashville on three different occasions was less than stellar as a back-up for Pekka Rinne. Anders Lindback was sorely missed, especially in light of the news of Rinne playing on an injured hip for most of the year.
From Then to Now
Once upon a time, Chris Mason (much like Dan Ellis), helped the Predators in a desperate situation with their number one goalie going down. In 06-07, Mason played amazing in the backup role prompting some to call it a 1A/1B conundrum with then starting goalie Tomas Vokoun.
With the Blues, Chris Mason was allowed to shine even more with an increase in playing time having two winning seasons with 118 games played. He fell back into a supporting role with the Thrashers/Jets (21-20-4) before rejoining Nashville where he would post his worst career numbers with 1-7-1 record in eleven games played in 2013.
Beyond the Stats
Mason’s only win came in his first game of the year allowing one goal to the Minnesota Wild. He would go 0-7-1 the rest of the season and on three different occasions would allow five or more goals. Mason was fifth worst in the NHL in GAA (3.73) and sixth worst in SV% (.873).
The Best of Mason
The best of Mason unfortunately is in the past if this season is any indicator. His one goal allowed against a potent Minnesota offense was the solitary feather in his Iron Maiden-clad helmet this season.
Where Does Mason Fit?
Mason is a UFA this summer and the Predators will more than likely look to the cupboard or free agency for a suitable back-up for Rinne, especially coming through off-season hip surgery. Mason will remain beloved in Nashville as one of the great on-air and in-game personalities and for his play through the history of the franchise.
FINAL GRADE: F
His numbers speak volumes to how much Mason’s game has fallen off. He needed to step up and play big minutes to give Rinne some much needed rest, however it was a failed mission and the Predators have some work to do over the summer to find a suitable replacement for Mason