Last summer Nashville traded Tomas Vokun to the Florida Panthers because they thought Chris Mason was their man for their net. Well… apparently not.
Mason’s stats were not great (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8462152&service=page) but considering the state of the Predators (ownership problems, massive player movement including many kep componets to their great ’06-’07 season), it is easy to see there would be some problems.
Along comes rookie Dan Ellis…
During his first year Ellis posts the best save percentage in the regular season NHL (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?page=PlayerDetail&playerId=8468540&service=page&tab=prft) and performs great in the Predators first round loss to eventual Stanley Cup winner Red Wings.
This morning Nashville decided to ship Mason to St. Louis and sign Ellis to a 2-year contract for $3.5 million.
How Mason’s world has changed in the past year…
Goalies must never get too full of themselves and always keep in mind their position within the team is just a few bad games away from changing. One day a goalie is anointed the team’s starter and next traded or benched for the new guy.
How to avoid this? A few things
- Understand hard work is the only road to success. Talent only takes a goalie so far…
- Never take anything for granted – the starting goaltender position is earned through hard work and ability to win games
- Work to improve every day – as I have stated many times, someone is always working to earn what you have or want.