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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