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Blue Jackets sign McElhinney to one-year deal

Friday, 05.24.2013 / 2:26 PM / News

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Blue Jackets sign McElhinney to one-year deal
The Blue Jackets on Friday signed goalie Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract.

The Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal were not released, but the Columbus Dispatch reported it was a one-way NHL deal that will pay him $600,000.

McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, spent the entire 2012-13 season with the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He went 29-16-3 with a 2.29 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and an AHL-best nine shutouts in 49 games. He played in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game.

"Curtis is a solid pro who was one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League this past season," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a release issued by the team. "He is a veteran goaltender with NHL experience and we believe he's earned the opportunity to be a part of our team in 2013-14."

A 2002 sixth-round pick of the Calgary Flames, McElhinney last played in the NHL 2011-12, going 1-0-0 in two games with the Phoenix Coyotes. In 69 games with the Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Coyotes, McElhinney is 19-26-4 with a 3.10 GAA and .899 save percentage.

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