Who will replace Chris Mason?

Posted by Ezra Ginsburg in Roster Analysis,Winnipeg Jets on July 2, 2012 — 8 Comments

The Winnipeg Jets goaltending situation became somewhat murky on Free Agent Frenzy Sunday as unrestricted free agent Chris Mason signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators and Jonas Gustavsson (whose negotiating rights were acquired at the NHL Draft) signed a two-year deal, $3 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

With starting goaltender Ondrej Pavelec locked up for five years and $19.5 million dollars, Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff must now decide who he is going to use as his teams back-up goaltender for next season.  Edward Pasquale, who played for the St.John’s IceCaps this past season, is probably the best option within the organization but he has only played one year of professional hockey and probably isn’t ready for NHL duty just yet.

Illegal Curve has compiled a list of Ten Free Agent Goalies who could replace Chris Mason:

(Player’s age, team he played for last season and statistics are in parenthesis)

1. Al Montoya (27 years old, New York Islanders, 31 GP, 9-11-5, .893 Save %, 3.10 GAA)

2. Dan Ellis (32 years old, Anaheim Ducks, 10 GP, 1-5-0, .911 Save %, 2.72 GAA)

3. Alex Auld ( 31 years old, Ottawa Senators, 14 GP, 2-4-2, .884 %, 3.35 GAA)

4. Andrew Raycroft (32 years old, Dallas Stars, 10 GP, 2-8-0, .898 Save %, 3.52 GAA)

5. Sebastien Caron (32 years old, Nashville Predators, 3 GP, 1-1-0, .897 Save %, 3.11 GAA)

6. Ty Conklin (36 years old, Detroit Red Wings, 15 GP, 5-6-1, .884 Save %, 3.28 GAA)

7. Antero Niitymaki (32 years old, Syracuse Crunch and Worcester Sharks, AHL, 13 GP, 4-8-0, .877 Save %, 3.60 GAA)

8. Nathan Lawson (28 years old, Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL, 44 games played, 19-17-4, .914 Save %, 2.57 GAA)

9. Brent Johnson (35 years old, Pittsburgh Penguins, 16 GP, 6-7-2, .883 Save %, 3.11 GAA)

10. Dwayne Roloson (42 years old, Tampa Bay Lightning, 40 GP, 13-16-3, .886, 3.66 GAA)



  • JayDoubleU

    Their numbers are all so bad…

  • Dan Ellis is the only one whose numbers don’t make me throw up in my mouth a little.

    Montoya is the only other one I’d be willing to go for.

  • masterjuddi

    Tough but I’d have to say either Johnson, Montoya or Roli. Johnson was decent in Pitt two years ago 2.17 GAA .922 S%; Montoya was a high draft pick that never panned out,but same as Johnson he’s one year removed from a decent year; Roliis old but could provide some stability and mentorship (like Mason).
    maybe Chevvy has a plan to trade for Bishop (OTT) or there is a dynamite back up that nobody knows about.

  • That is an ugly list. Auld has Moose ties.  Ellis may be the best bet.  Known for being good in room. None of these guys inspire too much in the way of confidence.

  • AtlFan

    Chris Mason never played to his ability in Atl or Wpg. This could be a good opportunity for one of the tenders in the system to get some NHL experience. Pavelec will get most of the starts anyway so why not give one of the young guys a chance to earn a spot with the big team.

  • Mike Florence

    just find some 400+ lb guy, put him in goalie pads, and tell him to lie down on the goal line. problem solved.

  •  They actually busted that on myth busters haha. Guys are still so accurate in the NHL (they actually had George Parros shooting I think) that the sumo wrestler guy couldn’t save a thing.

  • Dan Sudfeld

    Pierre LeBrun wrote about Christobal Huet being available and a good option for the Jets. Thoughts?