The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract.

McElhinney has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators, putting up a less than stellar 19-26-4 record with a 3.09 goals-against average, .899 save percentage and two shutouts. He was 1-0-0 with a 1.67 GAA and .944 SV% in two games with Phoenix in 2011-12, while putting up a 10-13-0 record with a 3.04 GAA and .907 SV% in 25 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates. In 2012-13, he was one of the top goaltenders in the American Hockey League as he went 29-6-3 with a 2.29 GAA, .923 SV% with nine shutouts in 49 games with the Springfield Falcons, good enough to earn a spot in the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic. He led the league in donuts while ranking third in wins.

McElhinney played four years of university hockey for Colorado College, compiling a 62–15–8 record in that time en route to winning two Western Collegiate Hockey Association First All-Star Team selections in 2003 and 2005, as well as NCAA Second and First All-American Team selections in 2003 and 2005, respectively. He was selected 176th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Columbus originally acquired his rights from Phoenix along with two draft picks (second round in 2012 and fifth round in 2013) in exchange for forward Antoine Vermette on February 22, 2012. McElhinney then signed a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract with the Blue Jackets on July 1, 2012.  With Michael Leighton a free agent, expect McE to get a chance as Sergei Bobrovsky’s backup next season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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