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Blue Jackets sign McElhinney to one-year extension @NHLdotcom

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract extension. It's worth $650,000, according to a report by the Columbus Dispatch.

McElhinney, 31, served as the backup to Sergei Bobrovsky this season and went 10-11-1 in 28 games with a 2.70 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and two shutouts.

The wins and games played were career highs for McElhinney, a sixth-round pick (No. 176) of the Calgary Flames in the 2002 NHL Draft.

"I've said this before, that I think it's one of the hardest jobs in the League to be behind a goaltender who is capable of playing 65-70 games," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told the Dispatch. "And even now (with a non-compacted schedule) it will feel like a lighter schedule for Bob too. He's as durable as they come. He feels like he could play 82. So Curtis' job is to be ready for those 12-15 games.

"McElhinney is a great pro. He's a great partner for Bob, on the ice with him competing and pushing him and helping him out. To be able to be ready like he, he's really earned our respect."

McElhinney has career totals of 29-37-5 with a 2.97 GAA, .902 save percentage and four shutouts in 97 games for the Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators, Phoenix Coyotes and Blue Jackets.

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