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January 30, 2012 | 10:09am ET
Jackets looking to unload Mason
TheFourthPeriod.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to unload the contract of netminder Steve Mason, the Edmonton Journal reports.

The 23-year-old has struggled since the start of the season, posting a .882 save percentage and 3.43 goals-against-average in 26 games so far this year.

However, Mason still has one more year left on his deal, at a $3.2 million cap hit, and a market for the former rookie-of-the-year seemed almost unfeasible.

The Jackets could decide to place the young goalie on waivers and any team looking for a goaltender, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, could give him a chance and get him at half price on re-entry.

Meanwhile, the Jackets are also looking to drop forward Jeff Carter's contract, but his 11-year package at a cap hit of $5.2 million might make him a hard sale to clubs around the league.

The Jackets would need a team with cap room and young bodies in return, while the Los Angeles Kings could investigate a trade in order to reunite Carter and former Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards.

The Kings could potentially offer backup goalie Jonathan Bernier in return as they already have $50 million tied up in players next year.

In 30 games with the Jackets this season, Carter has tallied 10 goals and seven assists for 17 points.

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