The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that the team has agreed to a one-year contract extension with backup goaltender Curtis McElhinney.
McElhinney when 10-11-1 last season with the Blue Jackets. The 31-year old net minder finished with a respectable 2.70 goals-against average, and a .909 save percentage.
The seven-year pro signed with Columbus prior to last season on a one-year, $600,000 contract. The new deal will be his fourth straight one-year deal with a team, though the financial details regarding the new deal haven’t yet been disclosed.
This is the second move of the day for the Blue Jackets. The team acquired forward Scott Hartnell from the Philadelphia Flyers earlier on Monday in exchange for disgruntled forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
With McElhinney signed, that takes one name off of the list for the available goaltenders this summer. Names like Ryan Miller, Jonas Hiller, Evgeni Nabokov and Martin Brodeur are all players that will be looking for a new place to play starting July 1 when NHL free agency gets underway.
According to James Mirtle of The Globe and Mail, only nine teams don’t have a back-up goaltender under contact for next season. That being said, it’s unlikely that a player like Ryan Miller will sign on anywhere to be a backup.