Mason dealt to St. Louis
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Chris Mason from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 4th round draft choice, 111th overall, in the 2008 Entry Draft.The most important detail here is that Dan Ellis has re-signed in Nashville, making him the starter heading into next season.
“Acquiring Chris really solidifies our goaltending position which was one of our goals going into this weekend,” said Davidson. “We are looking forward to a big day today at the draft.”>> team release
Moving Mason's $3-million cap hit for next season is a big bonus for a Predators team that didn't want to get stuck shelling out $6- or $7-million on netminders alone, and the team already has an up-and-coming youngster to fill the backup role in Pekka Rinne.
Another very good trade for David Poile.
The Blues, meanwhile, made no bones about wanting another goaltender heading into 2008-09, meaning youngsters Hannu Toivonen and Marek Schwarz aren't in the immediate plans. Mason didn't have a great year last season but will split time with Manny Legace, who at 35 probably shouldn't play more than 50 games anyway.
Legace had a pretty strong campaign for St. Louis last year.