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McElhinney signs two-year contract with Lightning

Goalie gets $1.3 million annually

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Curtis McElhinney signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday. It has an average annual value of $1.3 million.

The 36-year-old goalie was 20-11-2 with a 2.58 goals-against average, .912 save percentage and two shutouts in 33 regular-season games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season after he was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 2, 2018.

McElhinney was 3-2 with a 2.01 GAA and .930 save percentage in five Stanley Cup Playoff games last season.

 

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He is likely to be the backup to Andrei Vasilevskiy with Tampa Bay.

"He's someone we've always liked," Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said. "He knows the role and is a strong backup in that [veteran role]."

Selected by the Calgary Flames in the sixth round (No. 176) of the 2002 NHL Draft, McElhinney is 82-82-15 with a 2.81 GAA, .909 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 219 regular-season games (168 starts) with the Hurricanes, Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Flames.

He is 3-3 with a 2.40 GAA and .913 save percentage in seven playoff games.

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