After years of painfully bad goaltending, Kevin Cheveldayoff seems to have finally determined through thorough evaluation that the Winnipeg Jets goaltending has been bad and something should be done about it. Enter the veteran goalie. Yes, Connor Hellebuyck is still in the organizations plans, but the Jets seem to be willing to pursue a veteran goalie to help the team.
Besides talking with Brian Elliott and seeing if he would be a good fit with the Jets, the Jets have also possibly talked to Steve Mason’s people to see if the veteran goalie would work with the team. After breaking into the league and setting it on fire, Mason struggled with the Columbus Blue Jackets before a trade to the Philadelphia Flyers seemed to reset him and help him re-find his rookie form. Beyond his ability, that might make him the perfect mentor for Hellebuyck.
Mason has a career save percentage of 0.911, so he is an average goalie. Last season his save percentage was 0.908 in 58 games played.