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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Not so long ago Steve Mason and Sergei Bobrovsky were considered two of the brightest young goaltending stars in the NHL.
Now the 24-year-olds are vying for playing time — and maybe a jump start to their careers — with the rebuilding Columbus Blue Jackets.
Mason won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year in 2008-09, the only season the Blue Jackets have made the playoffs in their 12 years. Bobrovsky once was considered the goalie of the future for the Philadelphia Flyers before he fell flat and ended up in Columbus this past summer, which got him for the meager price of a second-round and two fourth-round picks in the 2013 draft.
Both say the competition is good for them.