Steve Mason and 10 Goalies You Don't Want Netminding for Your Team Right Now
Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets gave up seven goals on 28 shots in his last start against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Ilya Bryzgalov of the Philadelphia Flyers has given up 14 goals in his last five starts.
These are clearly goaltenders that are going through difficult times, which is unfortunate for both them and their team (especially Bryzgalov's team, considering how much they spent to get him.)
It's also unfortunate for those team's fans.
If your team's goaltender is currently going through hard times, there are plenty other teams' fans who feel your pain.
Here are 10 goalies that you don't want netminding for your team right now.
Ondrej Pavelec and the Winnipeg Jets have had a tough season so far.
Pavelec has played in 13 games, going 4-5-3.
He's allowed 40 goals in those 13 games as well, for a GAA of 3.31 and save percentage of .896.
Pavelec is still only 24, which is on the young side for a goaltender, and he still has time to improve into the goaltender he's supposed to become.
However, that's not comforting to the Jets fans that are suffering through this tough stretch.
Dwayne Roloson and the Tampa Bay Lightning have had a tough first month this season, too.
After an incredible end to the 2010-11 season, Roloson has gone 4-3-1, allowing 26 goals in nine games thus far.
He has a GAA of 3.31 and save percentage of .899.
Despite everyone saying he's showing his age, I think he's just experiencing some difficulties right now.
I have a feeling he'll bounce back this season and suddenly become highly coveted again.
Jonas Hiller missed the end of last season while battling vertigo.
The Anaheim Ducks were anxious to get their All-Star goaltender back, but so far this season he's put up lackluster stats as well.
Hiller has gone 4-5-3, allowing 33 goals in 12 games.
That's a GAA of 2.85 and save percentage of .902.
Most of the time, many teams would kill to have Hiller backing them up—however, so far this season, he hasn't been that coveted.
In the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Jaroslav Halak played for the Montreal Canadiens and was almost unbeatable.
That led to the St. Louis Blues trading for the goaltender, and thus far in his career, he's left much to be desired, particularly this season.
Halak has gone 2-6, allowing 22 goals in those eight games.
He's had a GAA of 2.91 and save percentage of .879.
That's really not what the Blues were trading for.
Halak's former competition for Montreal's starting position, Carey Price, isn't faring much better so far this season.
Price is 5-6-2 so far, allowing 33 goals in 13 games.
He has a GAA of 2.54 and save percentage of .902.
Price is doing the better of the two at the moment, but he's not really convincing anyone that he's worthy of a hefty new contract once his is up after this season.
Is there a more frustrating goaltender than Roberto Luongo?
So far this season, Luongo has gone 5-4-1, letting up 29 goals in 10 games.
That amounts to a GAA of 3.06 and save percentage of .894.
Luckily for the Vancouver Canucks and their fans, the team has Cory Schneider in the wings to take over when Luongo struggles.
Ilya Bryzgalov was the most coveted free agent goaltender over the summer, and the Philadelphia Flyers won (or traded for, rather) the right to sign him.
Did they really win, though?
The signs point to yes, despite Bryzgalov's struggles and proclamation that he had "no confidence" in himself at one point.
However, the promise of better days didn't give fans any comfort when Bryzgalov was letting up four and five goals on about 10 shots.
Still, Bryz is 6-4-1, despite his GAA of 2.94 and save percentage of .893.
Although, the Flyers have their offense to thank for that.
The Ottawa Senators have a lot of issues, but one of their big ones at the moment is the play of goaltender Craig Anderson.
Anderson has gone 6-4-1, which actually doesn't look too bad—until you look at the rest of his stats.
He's allowed 44 goals in 13 games for a GAA of 3.5 and save percentage of .888.
That's definitely not franchise goaltender kind of stats.
Jonas Gustavsson isn't the Toronto Maple Leafs' starting goaltender, but he's stepped into that role with James Reimer out with injury.
Right now, Gustavsson is 4-4 in eight games and has allowed 29 goals.
He has one of the highest GAAs in the league, averaging 3.78 goals against and a save percentage of .878.
If the Leafs hope to continue to lead their division, they'll need either Reimer back or better play out of Gustavsson.
The last goaltender that you want in your team's net at this point has to be Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mason has the worst stats in the league, going 2-10-1 and letting up 44 goals in 13 games.
He has a GAA of 3.7 and save percentage of .869.
Those stats take the cake.
The Blue Jackets hope Mason can pull through but probably need to address their defense and find alternate goaltending.