Blue Jackets looking to trade Mason and Carter

A new goaltender for next season is a certainty.

The Blue Jackets appear ready to cut the cord with Steve Mason, who has endured three brutal seasons since his award-winning rookie season carried the Jackets to the playoffs in 2008-09.

Trading Mason won’t be easy, and it might require the Blue Jackets to eat a bad contract in return. Mason is signed through next season at a salary-cap hit of $2.9 million, and has a $3.2 million salary for 2012-13.

Hard to believe it has come to this, but if Mason can’t be traded, the Blue Jackets will consider putting him on waivers, exposing him to any club willing to claim him and pay the remainder of his contract. It’s a move that has been considered at least a couple of times earlier this season.

If Mason clears waivers, he could be sent to minor-league Springfield, thus delaying a decision — trade, buyout, give him another chance next season, etc. — until after the season.

Another wrinkle the Blue Jackets have embraced: Agitator/right wing Derek Dorsett, one of the few Blue Jackets whose “effort” never seems to wane, has been given the ‘A’ of an alternate captain, and it’s not a temporary move. It’s unclear who, if anyone has lost the ‘A’, but R.J. Umberger, Antoine Vermette, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski were captain Rick Nash’s alternates at the start of the season.

The Blue Jackets head into the All-Star break later this week as the NHL’s biggest disappointment.

They will come out of the break as one of the league’s more compelling teams heading into the Feb. 27 trade deadline.

Don’t be surprised if Carter — ballyhooed as the long-awaited No. 1 center just six months ago — is sent packing to one of the many clubs in the NHL who are looking for a top-six forward.

6 Responses to Blue Jackets looking to trade Mason and Carter

  1. reinjosh says:

    Send him to Nashville yo! That's one Nash he will fit with. 

    Nashville has a need for a top 6 forward with game breaking skill and Carter has that. Columbus has a need for a stud dman and guess what? Nashville has a few of those (plus some with potential to be one). 
    So send Nashville's first, one of Blum/Ellis/Josi, and Lindback for him. Basically what Philly paid. Even though Carter has struggled this year, Columbus gets a decent price, filling two gaping needs (a top4 potential dman, and a goalie) and Nashville ensures they get their top 6er with game breaking skill. Plus Carter's massive contract ensures Nashville won't lose him anytime soon (and hopefully convinces Radulov to come back and Suter/Weber to resign).
    Carter to Nashville!
  2. LeafsNation4Ever says:

    What are we gonna do when Don Cherry dies?

  3. toronto77 says:

    No one can ever replace him, old fashioned guys like Cherry are a dying breed. We need more of them.

  4. TheLeafNation91 says:

    As well…You can send positive, blue and white hippy vibes his way.

  5. reinjosh says:

    Oh I do, don't you worry. As soon as I heard you were going to Nashville, I started immediately. Let me know when they get there! Always looking to help out a fellow hippy leaf fan out!

  6. NonLeafFansAreGay says:

    Who cares about Nashville…

    Why would you want Carter to go to Nashville?
    F that dude

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