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Report: Steve Mason is a Winnipeg Jet

The Winnipeg Jets have found a starting goalie.

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Unless something changes between tonight and 11 am CST, the Winnipeg Jets have finally decided to find a new starting goalie and have signed Steve Mason from the Philadelphia Flyers.

Depending on the length of the deal, this is a good move. If it is a contract for a year or two, that means that Connor Hellebuyck is the long-term goalie and Mason is here as someone who can mentor him and let him have more seasoning. This partnership is also reliant on Mason not starting 60+ games every year. Instead, starting 50-55 and letting Hellebuyck play in the remaining games would allow for Mason to hopefully stay healthy and Hellebuyck to keep developing.

All in all, this is a good move for the Jets. They finally get a starting goalie and Mason gets a starting gig. Hellebuyck gets a mentor who has struggled after finding success, only to re-find his game. Unless the price is high, this is a smart signing.