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Jets Don’t Anticipate Buyout of Steve Mason



The Winnipeg Jets plan to hold on to backup netminder Steve Mason following an injury-riddled season that saw him lose his starting gig to Connor Hellebuyck.

Despite his demotion, and despite the Jets inking Mason to a two-year $8.2M deal last summer, there are currently no plans of a buyout.

“I don’t sit here and anticipate that a buyout is a course of action I would take with Steve Mason,” Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said of Mason’s status, according to TSN.

“Steve Mason is a capable No. 1 goaltender in the NHL. He signed with us knowing – and we were very up front with him – that this was going to be about winning, whether it was him, or whether there was going to be competition to win.”

“Steve was a real pro. I’ve seen a shell of our scheduled next year; you’re going to need some goaltending and need some people to back things up,” Cheveldayoff continued. “There’s a lot left for (Mason) with respect to being a No. 1 goaltender in the NHL.”

Edmonton Oilers

Oilers Place Ty Rattie On Injured Reserve



The Edmonton Oilers have placed veteran forward Ty Rattie on injured reserve after it was announced on Saturday that he would miss multiple games with a midsection muscle injury.

In a corresponding move, the Oilers have recalled Cooper Marody from the AHL.

Rattie was forced out of Thursday’s game against the Boston Bruins due the injury, and was unable to suit up for Saturday’s game against the Nashville PRedators.


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Calgary Flames

Flames’ Travis Hamonic Suffers Facial Fracture During Fight



Calgary Flames defenseman Travis Hamonic will be out of action for a bit after he suffered a facial fracture during a fight with Vancouver Canucks defenseman Erik Gudbranson on opening night, the team officially announced on Friday.

In a corresponding move, the Flames called up defenseman Rasmus Anderson from the AHL to fill the empty roster spot.

Hamonic and Gudbranson got into it only 4:22 into the first period.




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Sharks’ Erik Karlsson Feels Senators Would Have Traded Him Even If He Signed New Contract



San Jose Sharks defenseman Erik Karlsson is still dealing with the recent trade that sent him from the Ottawa Senators to San Jose, and feels that even if he had accepted the Sens’ contract offer, they would have still traded him.

“I don’t think it ever got to the point where I had an option to sign anything,” Karlsson said, during an interview with Sportsnet’s Christine Simpson. “It never even got close to that, and even if I would have signed, they probably would have traded me anyways, and I would have been somewhere else.”

“They had me traded in February already at the (trade) deadline,” Karlsson continued. “We were told we were pretty much gone, and that was very tough to hear.”

Karlsson said that Senators general manager Pierre Dorion informed him that a trade was imminent just before the start of training camp.

“(He) called me in the morning and told me not to come into camp (on) the first day, and that’s when I probably realized that it was going to go down pretty quickly.”

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