Predators' Mason signs two-year, $6M extension

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Nashville Predators signed
goaltender Chris Mason to a $6 million, two-year contract extension
on Tuesday.

Chris Mason


Nashville Predators


Mason will be paid $3 million for two seasons starting in
2008-09, vice president and general manager David Poile said. Mason
previously was signed through the 2007-08 season, when he will make
$1.25 million.

The 31-year-old goalie will take over starting duties this
season with the trade of Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers in

With Vokoun out part of the 2006-07 season with a hand injury,
Mason played in 40 games and went 24-11-4 with five shutouts -- all
career highs. He also ranked second in the NHL with a .925 save

Mason played in 22 consecutive games for the Predators between
Nov. 23, 2006, and Jan. 6 -- the second longest consecutive
appearance streak in the franchise's history.

In 84 career regular-season NHL games with the Predators, Mason
has posted a 41-21-6 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.43
goals-against average.