(photo: Bob Fina, Inside Hockey)
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that they have re-signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a one-year contract extension.
McElhinney was selected 176th overall in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Calgary Flames, but played from 2001-2005 for Colorado College where he registered a 2.32 GAA and nine shutouts in 91 career games. He was named First Team All-American in the 2004-2005 season after winning the MacNaughton Cup. He was traded to Columbus from the Phoenix Coyotes in February of 2012 and signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Jackets that same July. He spent the 2012-2013 season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League, where his .923 SV% and 9 shutouts set franchise records. He won the Ross Lowe Memorial Award as Falcons MVP and was a Second Team AHL All-Star.
In the 2013-2014 season, McElhinney played a career-high 28 games for the Blue Jackets, posting a 2.78 GAA and .909 save percentage, with two shutouts.