Steve Mason’s time with the Canadiens lasted all of a few hours. TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reports (Twitter link) that the team will place the goaltender on unconditional waivers for the purposes of buying out his contract. He had one year and $4.1MM remaining on his contract. That means that Montreal will carry a cap hit of $1.367MM in each of the next two seasons.
The 30-year-old had been acquired earlier in the day as part of a salary cap dump from Winnipeg that also saw the Canadiens acquire winger Joel Armia. This isn’t a surprising outcome as Montreal already has veteran Antti Niemi under contract to be their second-string netminder while youngster Charlie Lindgren is also on a one-way deal but will likely start in the minors once again.
Mason spent 2017-18 with Winnipeg after signing a two-year, $8.2MM contract last summer. He struggled to stay healthy as he dealt with multiple concussions and he didn’t fare particularly well when he was in the lineup, posting a below average 3.24 GAA and a .906 SV% in 13 games (12 starts). Assuming he clears waivers as expected on Sunday, he will hit the open market for the second straight summer in search of a new team.