The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, two-way NHL-American Hockey League contract, club Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. McElhinney will earn $750,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
McElhinney, 29, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators, compiling a 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 going 10-13-0 with a 3.04 GAA and .907 SV% in 25 games with the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates. He was acquired by Columbus from Phoenix, along with two draft picks (second round in 2012 and fifth round in 2013), in exchange for Antoine Vermette on February 22, 2012 but did not appear in any games due to injury.
A native of London, Ontario, McElhinney was Calgary’s ninth pick, 176th overall, in the 2002 NHL Draft. He has appeared in 156 AHL games with Omaha, Quad-City and Portland and has posted a 74-62-5 record with a 2.39 GAA, .904 SV% and 13 shutouts since 2005. He was named to the AHL Second All-Star Team in 2007 after going 35-17-1 with a 2.13 GAA, .917 SV% and seven shutouts in 57 games with Omaha. Prior to his professional career, he spent four seasons at Colorado College, where he registered a 62-16-8 record with a 2.32 GAA and nine shutouts in 91 career games. In 2003, he was named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West Second All-American Team, while being named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and NCAA West First All-American Team in 2005.Follow @BlueJacketsNHL on Twitter, and use the hashtag #CBJLIKE Columbus Blue Jackets on Facebook