Chris Mason returns to Nashville on one-year, $1.25 million contract


You can go home again after all.

Kevin Allen of USA Today reports goalie Chris Mason is headed back to Nashville after signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Predators.

Mason, 36, began his career in Nashville and spent six seasons there, first backing up Tomas Vokoun then splitting time with Dan Ellis and Pekka Rinne. Now, he’ll be backing up Rinne full-time and hoping to give him the kind of support needed to keep the starter fresh come playoff time

After leaving Nashville, Mason spent two years with St. Louis as a starter and two more with Atlanta/Winnipeg backing up/splitting time with Ondrej Pavelec. Mason’s numbers haven’t been so hot the last two seasons, but that’s in part to playing for teams with lousy defense.

Going back to a familiar place in Nashville, with better defense to boot, should settle him back into form.