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Predators sign goaltender Mason to 2-year, $6M extension @NHL

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators signed goaltender Chris Mason to a $6 million, two-year contract extension on Tuesday.

Mason will be paid $3 million for two seasons starting in 2008-09, vice president and general manager David Poile said. Mason previously was signed through the 2007-08 season, when he will make $1.25 million.

The 31-year-old goalie will take over starting duties this season with the trade of Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers in June.

With Vokoun out part of the 2006-07 season with a hand injury, Mason played in 40 games and went 24-11-4 with five shutouts - all career highs. He also ranked second in the NHL with a .925 save percentage.

Mason played in 22 consecutive games for the Predators between Nov. 23, 2006, and Jan. 6 - the second-longest consecutive appearance streak in franchise history.

In 84 career regular-season NHL games with the Predators, Mason has posted a 41-21-6 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against average.

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