Former goalie unmasks Predators' broadcast plans

As a player, Chris Mason’s career path repeatedly led him to Nashville. The Predators traded for him in 1998, claimed him off waivers in 2003 and signed him as a free agent in 2012.

It makes sense, therefore, that the first scheduled stop of his post-playing days, which are still a year away, will be Nashville.

Mason told the Prince George Citizen that he plans to spend the 2014-15 season with a team in Germany then join the Predators as the color man for radio broadcasts. That is if former assistant coach Brent Peterson doesn’t have the job.

“Brent Peterson does color for the radio broadcast and if he wants to do it again in a year's time then he'll keep the position,” Mason said. “If he wants to move on that position might be there for me.

“… Working in broadcasting is definitely something I'd like to try. I did a lot of that stuff when I played in Nashville. We would do on the bench things and spend time on the air with both TV and radio. It's something I felt was worth exploring.”

Franchise officials have kept quiet about their plans at a time of transition for their broadcast teams. Stu Grimson will replace Terry Crisp as analyst on television broadcasts but beyond that nothing has been said. Until now.

Mason said that he still might return to the Predators even if Peterson wants to continue as part of the radio team.

“I have that option to work with the Predators next year,” he said. “… I'll be filling in for radio and TV and I'll also be working charity events... stuff along those lines. I've talked to the Predators this summer, but nothing has been decided yet.”