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Columbus signs a goalie…but it’s not Bobrovsky

May 24, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT


The Columbus Blue Jackets have addressed their goaltending situation for 2013-14, though it’s not in the manner many were expecting.

With the Sergei Bobrovsky negotiations at a standstill, the Jackets inked journeyman Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way deal.

“Curtis is a solid pro who was one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League this past season” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen said in a release. “He is a veteran goaltender with NHL experience and we believe he’s earned the opportunity to be a part of our team in 2013-14.”

McElhinney, 30, spent last year with Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, posting a 29-16-3 record with a 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage — and a franchise-record nine shutouts.

He spent time with the Calgary, Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix organizations before joining Columbus, and has appeared in 69 career NHL contests.

Now, this move is interesting because McElhinney was given a one-way deal, according to the Columbus Dispatch. (The Dispatch also reports it’s a $600,000 salary.)

That all but ensures he’ll be the BJ’s backup next season, a role that was filled by Steve Mason last season (until he was shipped to Philadelphia at the deadline), then Michael Leighton (who didn’t play a single game).

The move also comes on the same day when a report surfaced, claiming that KHL club SKA Saint Petersburg was preparing to make a big money offer for Bobrovsky’s services.

(Image courtesy Springfield Falcons)

  1. girouxed - May 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Bobrovsky really isnt that good.. he had a great team in front of him in Philly and couldnt get the job done. There is more to the story with him in Columbus than just him.

  2. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    Or maybe the team in front of him in Philly really was not THAT great.

    Bob plays in Philly, he is a nobody.
    Bob plays in Columbus, he is a big part of turning the team around. Philly switched spots once they lost Bob.

    But yeah…he sucks…i guess.

  3. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    ***Sorry Philly and Columbus switched spots.

  4. ibieiniid - May 24, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    sjsharks, howd the Bluejackets do in the playoffs…. a spot which the flyers were in last year (while not relying on Bob, btw)? oh. yeah, i guess switching spots wasnt that accurate.

  5. sjsharks66 - May 24, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    Yeah, the BLUE JACKETS ( think about that real quick ) were in the 9th spot. The Flyers were….. Yeah….

  6. csilojohnson - May 24, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    Bob is good. Check the shot totals for and against on Columbus this past season.
    Your reasoning makes no sense.

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