|Mason is the long-term answer at goal|
and needs to be back in between the pipes.
(Flickr photo by Dylan Moody)
In the short run, this is the right move. In the long run, and considering that Mason is under contract through the end of 2012-2013 and Garon's contract is up at the end of this season, the Blue Jackets need to get him out on the ice as soon as possible. Garon may be the hot goalie in the short term, but Mason needs to be the hot goalie over the longer haul.
Simply put, the Jackets can't afford for Mase to develop deep-rooted confidence issues like Montreal's Carey Price appears to have. Garon is a good goalie and a tremendous backup, but Steve Mason has shown that he has the capacity to be among the best in the National Hockey League. Isn't that worth making happen?