Goaltender Steve Mason might be ready to hang up his skates, Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported on Saturday Headlines.
“He had a ton of injuries last season, he had concussion and knee issues, he’s been through a lot in his career, and the sense is he may actually be done in the NHL,” Johnston said.
Mason, 30, recently turned down a contract offer from an NHL team looking for a backup, according to Johnston.
Last season, Mason was limited to only 13 games with the Winnipeg Jets due to multiple concussions and a knee injury. During that time, Connor Hellebuyck seized the net for the Jets, and Mason was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in the off-season. The Canadiens then bought out the final year of the two-year, $8.2 million contract Mason signed with Winnipeg in 2017.
Mason has appeared in 476 career games over 10 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, and Jets. Over that time, he posted a 205-183-64 record with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and 34 shutouts.
Mason won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year after the 2008-09 season while with the Blue Jackets. He posted some of his best numbers that year, including a career-high 10 shutouts, and led Columbus to its first playoff appearance in franchise history.