Sure, I'm down. I'll try anything at this point. All right handed? Might confuse some shooters. Guy who plays with two blockers and no stick? Sure thing, at least it's something fresh. Dude born without a skeleton? Yep, dump him in the crease, the lack of bones increases flexibility.
Dan Blackburn former Rangers goalie in the early 2000's played with two blockers after hurting his glove hand.
Don't really get the feeling they wanted Mason as a starter a few weeks back when they signed him for 1yr. I suspect the plan was always to go with a tandem approach. Any goalie that has to be traded for I think is a waste of assets seeing as we are clearly wanting to at least try Mason out. He is only 25 still, not like he's over the hill so just get a veteran guy for a year or two.
Steve Mason was about to tee off on the back nine when Brayden Schenn interrupted with a breaking report.
"Have you heard the news," Schenn asked.
A puzzled Mason had no clue what Schenn was about to spill: Ilya Bryzgalov had his contract bought out by the Philadelphia Flyers.
When it comes to Flyers goaltenders, Mason is suddenly the leader in the clubhouse.
Mason is out doing things with his new teammates?
I don't remember Bryzgalov ever doing that.
"You almost hit rock bottom in terms of the way you feel about yourself as a goaltender," Mason said. "It got to the point in Columbus where I was struggling to find my confidence and also, struggling to come to the rink happy about playing hockey."
I pointed out that him being unhappy in Columbus could turn out to be a huge win for us if he likes being here. Surrounding him with a new atmosphere, putting around players he knew from juniors/WJCs, and making hockey exciting for him again could lead to a huge turnaround in his play.
"It was an extremely easy team to come into," Mason said. "and feel welcomed."
Example? Mason was invited along with captain Claude Giroux and other Flyers to play in Scott Hartnell's charity golf tournament in Canada. That's when word hit that Bryz was out -- and Mason was in.
"It wasn't a celebration," Mason said. "It was, here's an opportunity and go with it."
cause thats what we do. we think were makin all these crazy maneuvers to make us better but every freakin decision is detrimental, emphasis on the mental. I'm just glad we didn't trade any of our young guys for some tard. I'm sick of chasin. let this unfold a little. every cup team fails for a while before.