According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have seen enough of Steve Mason in goal.
After a spectacular rookie season in 2008-09, Mason struggled for the third straight season in 2011-12, posting career-worst numbers in goals-against average (3.39) and save percentage (.894) in 46 games.
Columbus general manager Scott Howson said: We need a different look in goal. We need better play from that position. I told Steve in our exit interviews (earlier this month) that were going to have a different look at that position next year, but that right now, nobody can predict what form thats going to take.
Almost any goalie on the unrestricted free agent list would be an upgrade over Mason based on last season's stats. Howson could look for a quick fix without much for the future by attempting to persuade Martin Brodeur to continue his career outside of New Jersey. He could also roll the dice on Tomas Vokoun or go after Minnesota's solid backup Josh Harding.
Regardless of who takes over the starting job for the Jackets, not facing Mason would be bad news for the Blackhawks who scored 19 goals on him in four games. Patrick Sharp scored four of his 33 goals while Jonathan Toews, Marian Hossa and Viktor Stalberg each scored three on Mason.
The basketball world woke up Friday morning to a report from ESPN senior writer Marc Stein saying the Bulls may go after Chris Bosh for the 2017-18 NBA season.
It's surprising and intriguing for multiple reasons:
1) Bosh was believed to have played his last days in the NBA due to blod clot issues.
2) The Bulls are at something of a franchise crossroads, sitting as the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference following Thursday's games and still determining what the right step is for the near future and the long term.
3) Bosh will be 33 in March and hasn't played in an NBA game in nearly a year (last appeared with the Heat Feb. 9, 2016).
But Stein said the Heat are not planning on waiving Bosh before March 1, so he wouldn't be eligible to join the roster of a playoff contender.
Stein then says: If Bosh does return to the hardwood, "word is that the Chicago Bulls are already plotting a run and will be at the front of the line to try to sign him."
Bosh is an 11-time All-Star who has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game throughout his career. He helped the Heat win several titles as part of the Big Three with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James.
Bosh was also just in Chicago visiting Wade earlier this month:
Could he form another Big Three with Wade and Jimmy Butler, this time in Chicago?
It's worth noting Wade just turned 35 earlier this week and will be in his 14th NBA season next year.