So are you honestly saying that, not knowing what we know now, sending a goalie on a meaningless conditioning assignment with the sole intent of checking his ego (which hadn't shown itself to be unhealthy) would have been a good idea?
Not the sole intent, it was also noted that his conditioning was poor. That's not hindsight, I remember it being said at the time that he had enjoyed the fruits of his rookie success too greatly during that offseason.
By the way, Mason's conditioning again raises the spector of another decision that was reportedly that of Mike Priest. Remember that summer was the summer that Ken Hitchcock gave players more laissez faire instructions on off-season conditioning. It has been suggested more recently that Mike Priest was the person who actually made the decision to get away from the hard core conditioning Boll and others had done the previous season. That one decision alone helped cause a great deal of problems in the 2 seasons that followed.
Keeping the lights off and the training staff away from the Ice Haus and Arena in the summer saved some money....