Mason to back-up Rinne next season

Chris Mason has been signed by the Nashville Predators to a one year deal worth $1,250,000, according to Kevin Allen of USA Today. Mason will be the back-up to Pekka Rinne for the 2012-13 season. To add onto the signing, history was made today in the Predators’ front office. Mason is the first ever player to be signed by the Predators on July 1. 

Here is the tweet.

Press Release after the jump.

Goaltender, Chris Mason returns to where his career started, Nashville. Mason was the set starting goalie late in the 2006-07 season. Although, his skills began to decrease in the 2007-08 season, when Dan Ellis stepped up to the plate in the middle of the season. After losing the starting job to Ellis, Mason played for the St. Louis Blues for two seasons and the Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets for two season as well. After four seasons, he is back to Music City.

This signing made perfect sense to the Predators. After trading Anders Lindback two weeks ago, the Preds were lacking a solid back-up goaltender. We knew they had to sign a veteran goaltender. And hey, why not Chris Mason? He still owns a house in Nashville, he loves it here and isn’t wanting too much money. 

It is a great signing by Poile and company to get back a familiar face. He isn’t a starting goalie and will not threaten Pekka Rinne for the job. It benefits both sides.

Welcome back Chris!

Here is the press release from the Nashville Predators.

Nashville, Tenn. (July 1, 2012) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed goaltender Chris Mason to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million and $250,000 in potential bonuses for a cap hit of $1.5 million.

Mason, 36 (4/20/76), returns to Predators’ organization where he spent eight seasons from 1998-2002 and 2003-08. The Red Dear, Alta., native posted a 58-43-12 record with a 2.61 goals-against average a .913 save percentage in 135 games with the Predators in addition to playing 173 games for the team’s primary developmental affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Since his most recent departure from Nashville, he has played two seasons for St. Louis (2008-10) and two seasons for Atlanta/Winnipeg (2010-12), most recently posting an 8-7-1 mark with a 2.59 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage and a pair of shutouts in 20 games for the Jets in 2011-12.

New Jersey’s seventh selection, 122nd overall (fifth round), in the 1995 Entry Draft has appeared in 306 career NHL games notching a 136-106-31 record, a 2.63 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and 23 shutouts.