Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right

March 27, 2011:
[W]hy dump Anderson with only Elliott as return? Why make an unwinnable trade that Avs bloggers are writing off as “the best possible return for a player that was going to be moved regardless” for a player considered a Peter Budaj clone?

Brian Elliott, 2007-2011 (Ottawa/Colorado): 61-53-16, .901 SV%, 2.90 GAA, 9 SO
Brian Elliott, 2011- present (St. Louis): 98-45-16, .924 SV%, 2.02 GAA, 22 SO

April 2, 2013:
The Blue Jackets’ best single-season goaltending performance in their brief history was Steve Mason’s Calder-worthy rookie season, 2008-9, in which he went 33-20-7, .916, 2.29 with 10 shutouts– thanks mostly to a .919, 2.09 November and a ridiculous .950, 1.41 December during which he recorded half of his shutouts before eventually coming down with mono and falling apart to end the season (.883, 3.08 in April). Mason’s 2013 numbers are somewhat better than the past few seasons but actually below his career numbers as a result of that rookie season: he’s .899, 2.95 this season vs. .903, 2.90 career. And he’s been their number one, when healthy, for four years. And you thought two years in a row of Bryzgalov was bad.

Steve Mason, 2008-2013 (Columbus): 96-99-27, .903 SV%, 2.90, 19 SO
Steve Mason, 2013- present (Flyers): 71-53-25, .922, 2.41, 11 SO

Kyle Palmieri will win the Hart Trophy next year.

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