COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with goaltenders Mark Dekanich and Curtis Sanford on one-year contracts, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced July 1. Dekanich has signed a one-way NHL contract, while Sanford has agreed to terms on a two-way NHL/American Hockey League deal. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
"We believe the addition of both Mark and Curtis has addressed our organization's needs at the goaltending position," said Howson.
Dekanich, 25, was one of the top goaltenders in the American Hockey League in 2010-11, posting a 23-12-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against average, .931 save percentage and four shutouts in 43 games with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators’ top affiliate. He led the AHL in save percentage, ranked third in goals-against average and was selected to play in the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic.
Nashville's third pick, 146th overall, in the 2006 Entry Draft, he spent the past three seasons in the Predators organization. He made his NHL debut with Nashville on Dec. 18, 2010 vs. the Los Angeles Kings and stopped 22-of-25 shots in 50 minutes of action. He appeared in 122 AHL games with Milwaukee and fashioned a 65-38-11 record, 2.25 goals-against average, .928 save percentage and nine shutouts.
A native of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Dekanich (pronounced deh-KAN-ihch) played four seasons at Colgate University (ECAC) from 2004-08. He went 51-44-16 with a 2.25 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and 11 shutouts in 118 career games, concluding his career as the school's all-time leader in games played, saves (3,071), save percentage and shutouts. He was a two-time ECAC All-Star Team selection and as a senior in 2007-08 posted a 18-16-6 record, 2.16 goals-against average and six shutouts, setting school single season marks for games played (41), minutes played (2,389), saves (1,043) and shutouts.
Sanford, 32, has compiled a 37-37-11 record, 2.76 goals-against average, .901 save percentage and five shutouts in 108 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks during his 11-year pro career. He spent seven years in the St. Louis organization and appeared in a career-high 34 games with the Blues in 2005-06, posting a 13-13-5 mark, 2.66 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and three shutouts. The 2007-08 season was the first of two he spent with the Canucks organization. He split the 2008-09 season between Vancouver and the Manitoba Moose, the club's AHL affiliate. He went 7-3-3 with a 1.73 goals-against average, .940 save percentage and two shutouts in 16 games with Manitoba under current Blue Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel.
He spent the past two seasons in the Montreal Canadiens organization with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. He earned Second Team AHL All-Star honors after going 22-13-2 with a 1.93 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and five shutouts in 40 games in 2010-11, leading the AHL in goals-against average, ranking second in save percentage and sixth (tied) in shutouts.
Sanford has gone 122-89-22 with a 2.27 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and 23 shutouts in 253 career AHL games. The Owen Sound, Ontario native played four seasons with the Owen Sound Platers of the Ontario Hockey League from 1996-00. He went 65-60-14 with a 4.09 goals-against average and four shutouts in 158 career OHL games.
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