Three years ago, a popular discussion in NHL circles was a debate about rookie goaltenders: if you started a franchise, would you rather have Steve Mason of the Blue Jackets or Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators as your building block?



It's no longer much of a debate.



While Rinne's steady play and the steady play around him has turned Nashville into a perennial playoff club, Mason has bottomed out with some of the worst statistics in the league, and the Blue Jackets haven't come close to making the post-season. As a result, Mason's future – not only with the Blue Jackets, but as a viable NHL goaltender – have come into question.