Mason will be placed on unconditional waivers Saturday in order for the Canadiens to buy out the goalie's contract, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. The Habs acquired Mason's contract rights from the Jets -- along with forward Joel Armia, a 2019 seventh-round draft pick and 2020 fourth-rounder -- in exchange for blue-line prospect Simon Bourque on Saturday morning. However, it's abundantly clear that Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin had no intention of keeping Mason as a depth option behind Carey Price and Antti Niemi. Instead, by purchasing Mason's contract, Montreal will pony up $1.36 million to save just as much cap space over the next two seasons -- assuming he goes unclaimed, of course.
The Jets traded Mason and forward Joel Armia to the Canadiens -- in addition to a 2019 seventh-round draft pick and 2020 fourth-rounder -- for blue-line prospect Simon Bourque on Saturday. On paper, this looks like a huge return for the Habs, but there may be more than what meets the eye. After all, Mason was severely limited by a knee injury last season, and he posted pedestrian numbers -- including a 5-6-1 record, 3.24 GAA and .906 save percentage -- over 13 games. It's been widely speculated that Winnipeg has sold off so many assets in a cap-saving measure to try and retain top-six center Paul Stastny, who left a strong impression following his trade from the Blues.
Mason missed Game 4 of the Western Conference finals due to a back injury, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Mason told reporters he took a cortisone shot in order to dress for Game 5, which would seem to indicate there is not expected to be any long-term impact from his back problem. Given the 29-year-old's $4.1 million cap hit heading into the 2018-19 campaign, it wouldn't come as a surprise to see the Jets try to trade him, considering that's a lot of money to devote to a backup and the team still needs to sign Connor Hellebuyck to a new deal. In limited action this season, Mason was a serviceable No. 2, as he posted a 5-6-1 record with a 3.24 GAA. If the Ontario native is still with Winnipeg next season, fantasy owners can likely expect 25 games to be his ceiling.
Mason (undisclosed) will back up Connor Hellebuyck in Game 1 against the Predators on Friday, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Mason came in as relief for Hellebuyck in Game 3 of the conference quarterfinals and stopped all seven shots. Aside from that dud, Hellebuyck has been lights out and the Jets will rely on him if they want to hoist the Stanley Cup, so if Mason ultimately makes an appearance, it will signal that Winnipeg is in serious trouble.
Mason (undisclosed) went through on-ice drills prior to the Tuesday's practice session, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Depending on your take, it's either good news that Mason was able to participate in drills sporting full gear or it's bad news that he is unable to join his teammates for practice. Ultimately, the Jets' pursuit of Lord Stanley's Cup starts and stops with No. 1 Connor Hellebuyck. Even once the veteran Mason is given the green light to return, he shouldn't be expected to get the starting nod as long as Hellebuyck is healthy.
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