Former Tiger goalie McElhinney signs one-year NHL deal with Columbus Blue Jackets

Published: May 24, 2013, 7:33 pm, by Joe Paisley

mcelhinneyThe Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday signed former Tigers goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way NHL  contract that will pay him $600,000.

McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, spent the entire 2012-13 season with the Blue Jackets’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Springfield Falcons. He went 29-16-3 with a 2.29 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and an AHL-best nine shutouts in 49 games. He played in the 2013 AHL All-Star Game.

“Curtis is a solid pro who was one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League this past season,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalinen said.  “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.”

A 2002 sixth-round pick of the Calgary Flames, McElhinney last played in the NHL 2011-12, going 1-0-0 in two games with the Phoenix Coyotes. In 69 games with the Flames, Ducks, Senators and Coyotes, McElhinney is 19-26-4 with a 3.10 goals against mark and .899 save percentage.