Columbus Blue Jackets: 4 Options for Their Goaltending Struggles

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Columbus Blue Jackets: 4 Options for Their Goaltending Struggles
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This season has not gotten off to the start that the Columbus Blue Jackets were hoping for. After 10 games, the Jackets are a league worst 1-8-1. Columbus has only won two of their last 20 games dating back to last season.

The expectations were so high for the Blue Jackets in the offseason with the signings of All-Star Jeff Carter and defenseman James Wisniewski.

However, even with the huge acquisitions, the pressure going into the year still fell on the shoulders of goalie Steve Mason.

Mason has struggled in the past with inconsistency and has not been able to get back to the form that won him the Calder Trophy in 2009.

To make matters worse, Columbus' roster has been filled with injuries early on in the season, especially at the goaltending position, which leaves the team no other option but to continually start Mason.

The team's backup, Mark Dekanich, suffered an ankle injury in the preseason and has yet to play during the season. Curtis Sanford also was bit by the injury bug, forcing the Jackets to call up Allen York to backup Mason until Dekanich is ready to return.

If the Blue Jackets want to have any chance of reaching the goals they set for themselves in the offseason, they will need to figure out their goaltending issues soon, before its too late and the season is lost.

Let's take a look at four possible options for the Blue Jackets to fix their issues in net.

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