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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.”

Calgary Flames

Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau Enjoying Strong Season



The Calgary Flames have seen some strong play from forward Johnny Gaudreau, who has played well enough to earn his 5th All-Star selection.

“Obviously he deserves it,” Flames forward Michael Frolik said, according to “He’s an unbelievable player. He’s so fast, and in those small spaces, those tight turns, he can handle the puck with speed. It’s fun to watch him and he’s been great this year.”

Flames defenseman Mark Giordana spoke highly of Gaudreau’s play.

“He can get you the puck in situations where you don’t think he can,” Giordano said. “But I think what people don’t see is just how competitive he is. The guys who are the best players in the League are [competitive] because they want the puck in key situations, and that’s how he is.

“Just look at his overtime play and stuff like that. I’m happy for the way his career is going but this year he’s taken that next step, for sure.”

“I think last year we played with Micheal Ferland, who was a little bit more of a shooter,” Gaudreau said of his strong play this season.

“Lindholm, obviously, is a shooter as well, but he can see the ice really well. He can make some pretty high-end plays, so I think I just got an opportunity to shoot a little more with a player like that on my line.”

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Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes’ Nick Schmaltz Out for Season



The Arizona Coyotes will be without forward Nick Schmaltz for the remainder of the season with a lower-body injury, according to an official team announcement on Tuesday.

Schmaltz was off to a red hot start since being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in November and had been out since December 30th.

Originally, it was though that he would only miss a few weeks, but now the news is much worse for the Yotes.

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Canucks’ Elias Pettersson Placed On Injured Reserve, Adam Gaudette Recalled



The Vancouver Canucks got some good news in regards to the injury sustained by superstar Elias Pettersson, who was moved to the injured reserve list on Tuesday.

Pettersson got tangled up with Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperia Kotkaniemi, but did not sustain major knee damage and is expected to only miss a few weeks of action, dodging a serious injury.

In a corresponding move, Vancouver recalled Adam Gaudette from the Utica Comets.

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