Mason out with MCL sprain of right knee

Chris Mason suffered an MCL sprain of his right knee minutes into Saturday’s game against Dallas. The goaltender said surgery does not appear to be necessary but there is no timetable for his return. He was placed on injured reserve on Monday as the team re-called Peter Mannino from AHL Chicago to back up Ondrej Pavelec.

Mason was injured when Chris Thorburn slid into him while trying to block a shot. He tried to play a few more minutes but yielded to  Pavelec.

“I felt kind of weird and I got up,” Mason said. “I knew something was kind of wrong. I have never injured myself during a game before. I got up and was a little bit in denial that it was hurt. I tried to go for a few more minutes. I just knew I couldn’t do it. It was tough going to the one side.”

Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay called Mason “courageous” following the game for continuing to play.

Mason said the knee was quite sore on Sunday but felt better on Monday. He said he was told that if he was going to injure his knee, he did so in the best place.

“Any time you get hurt like that it sucks,” Mason said. “It is what it is.”

Mannino was up earlier in the year, as Mason’s backup, when Pavelec was out with a concussion after fainting in the season opener. He appeared in relief of Mason in one game, stopping 15-of-16 shots against Tampa Bay.

16 comments Add your comment

cousin Eddie

January 17th, 2011
1:38 pm

cousin Eddie

January 17th, 2011
1:40 pm

The MCL is at tricky injury. It could be a week or two or months before he feels comfortable again.

Brendan

January 17th, 2011
1:58 pm

Are we shopping for a goaltender now? Or it’s just too soon to know?

da'boomer

January 17th, 2011
2:23 pm

hey brendan

January 17th, 2011
2:28 pm

no. no. no. do you pay attention at all? why would we trade for a goatender?

East Point Bob

January 17th, 2011
2:30 pm

I agree with da’boomer !

Le Cormier

January 17th, 2011
2:46 pm

..should bring back the guy we should have never gotten rid of. Hedberg.

[...] ATL Ondrej Pavelec [...]

[...] If Thrashers fans are worried about Ondrej Pavelec getting overworked, they might want to start stressing out a bit more now. Pavelec’s backup Chris Mason, who left his start Saturday night with injury, will be out for an undetermined amount of time with a sprained MCL. [...]

First

January 17th, 2011
4:35 pm

LET NONE IN…someone make the call.

Jon

January 17th, 2011
7:03 pm

Too many injuries! You have to think this skid wouldn’t be the same with a healthy roster. Although obviously mason has been unspectacular.

http://www.sportswithjon.blogspot.com

Brendan

January 17th, 2011
10:58 pm

You don’t have to trade for goaltender. You can sign them … just for money. And the reason you might do it … is if one of your two goaltenders is injured. Is one of our two goaltenders injured right now? See the title of the blog, if you’re still unsure.

Now, Mason might be back in a few days. In which case, great! If he’s gonna be out for 6-8 weeks … that’s sometime different. No? If he is out for any prolonged period of time, are we going with Mannino the rest of the way, as the permanent back up?

Brendan

January 17th, 2011
11:07 pm

Stunning comeback tonight. We were looking at the dreaded 4-point swing, to Florida. Instead, we’re on the good end of a 3-1 split. Maybe, this is the game that turns our season? If we go on that 6-1-3 tear, we’ll look to this game as the catalyst.

Le Cormier

January 18th, 2011
4:06 am

Very proud of the team last night, I’ve never seen Hainsey play so well. Little was possessed, great comeback. We have to protect Kane a little better, I know he’s a tough kid..but the devastating hits he is taking will eventually catch up to him. We showed heart last night, it felt good to be a Thrasher fan. Pavelec doesn’t get enough credit, Burmi’s shootout goal should get him going, smart move by Rammer. I really hope we gain momentum from this game, they earned that one, Florida is tough when they play us. Good win, now lets rattle off a long winning streak.

Alan R.

January 18th, 2011
7:17 am

If the refs would start calling head hits like they call hooking, we wouldn’t need to worry so much about Kane.

JLH

January 18th, 2011
8:58 am

@Alan – Totally agree