How a Columbus goalie change would impact Blackhawks

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How a Columbus goalie change would impact Blackhawks

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.

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