In 13 games for the Blue Jackets this season, Mason, 24, is 3-6-1 with a 2.95 goals-against average and .899 save percentage. The 2009 Calder Trophy winner, chosen in the third round (No. 69) of the 2006 NHL Draft, owns a 2.90 GAA and .903 save percentage in 232 career starts for the Blue Jackets.
The groove of being behind a bench is going to be interesting at first, but thank God we have a few exhibition games to get rid of those cobwebs. Overall the excitement of it all and the freshness and coming back refreshed, all those things are going to be assets. If [the players] come ready to give their best effort in practice and games, good things are going to happen. I'm always looking for results. It's not always on the scoreboard. It's winning and building something.
— Bryan Trottier on making his return to coaching as an assistant with the Sabres