Mason (concussion) has received medical clearance to return to game action, Mitchell Clinton of the Jets' official site reports. Although Mason has been medically cleared to give it a go, Michael Hutchinson has been pegged for backup duties Friday against the Blues. It's possible the Jets will keep Mason on injured reserve for the time being, especially with the trade deadline -- and roster expansion -- arriving Monday.
Mason (concussion) faced shots during Sunday's morning skate, Sean Reynolds of Sportsnet reports. Mason hasn't suited up for 14 games, but facing shots is a good sign he'll return soon. The Jets play the Panthers on Sunday night, and it may be unnecessary to activate Mason from injured reserve for that matchup, but keep an eye on the upcoming back-to-back series Friday and Saturday, which would make for a convenient time to return.
Mason skated on his own Thursday for the first time since sustaining his concussion, Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun reports. Mason appears to be a ways away from returning to a game when you factor in the fact that he has just started skating, after already having missed the previous seven games. Until further notice, the netminder should probably be considered out indefinitely -- hence the club's utilization of injured reserve. Until the veteran can get back on the ice, AHL All-Star Michael Hutchinson figures to serve as the No. 2 behind Connor Hellebuyck.
The Jets placed Mason (concussion) on injured reserve Friday. This is the second concussion Mason has suffered within the last few months, so the Jets are clearly going to proceed with extreme caution with his recovery. The 29-year-old netminder will be eligible to return whenever he's given a clean bill of health, but there's no telling when that might be at this juncture.
Coach Paul Maurice indicated Friday that Mason is suffering from another concussion, Sara Orlesky of TSN reports. Mason has now sustained two concussions within the last couple of months, which is an alarmingly short time period for two such instances. He will have to clear protocol for another opportunity to rejoin the action, with Connor Hellebuyck continuing to serve as the workhorse and Michael Hutchinson rejoining the NHL club as the primary backup.
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