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Looks like Curtis Sanford’s season is over

Curtis Sanford

Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Curtis Sanford (30) makes a glove save on a first-period shot by the Pittsburgh Penguins during an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


Columbus goalie Curtis Sanford has done yeoman work in holding down the fort while Steve Mason struggled with poor play and injury and supposed-to-be backup Mark Dekanich missed the season with his own injuries. It’s only fitting that Sanford’s season comes to an end on injuries of his own.

Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards announced that Sanford will miss the rest of the year with a leg injury. Rookie Allen York will take his spot as the team’s backup the rest of the year. While Mason has bounced back in a big way late in the season thanks to wearing pads that fit right, Sanford had a solid year trying to hold things together. Not bad for a guy that was supposed to be the first call-up option from the AHL.

The job Sanford did in Columbus this year after getting over shoulder surgery last season was also enough to earn him the team’s Masterton Trophy nomination. At least he’s got that going for him.