• Jackets Re-Sign McElhinney For Two Years

    News: Curtis McElhinney agreed to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension with the Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Curtis McElhinney will be locked in as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup for the next two seasons after posting a 12-14-2 record, .914 save percentage, and 2.88 GAA in 2014-15. The Blue Jackets were forced to lean on McElhinney more frequently than desired due to Bobrovsky's injury issues, but the 32-year-old provided competent play for the most part. He likely won't make for an intriguing spot-start option most nights, but should at least play well enough when called upon to keep the Blue Jackets competitive while Bobrovsky rests.
  • Jackets' McElhinney Bricks Up Net For SO Win

    News: Curtis McElhinney stood on his head Saturday, recording 48 saves through overtime and allowed just a single goal on four shots in the shootout to deliver a 5-4 win over the Islanders.
    Analysis: He ends the season on a high note, winning both of his last starts. He's a reliable backup, so it's doubtful he'll win more playing time in future years. He's reliable, but not very sexy.
  • Jackets' McElhinney Gets Nod For Game 82

    News: Curtis McElhinney will be in the crease for Saturday's game against the Islanders, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Curtis McElhinney had been expected to receive the start all along after Sergei Bobrovsky was in the net for Friday's win over the Sabres. Bobrovsky's hot play down the stretch has resulted in little action of late for McElhinney, who might not make for a great streaming option due to the lack of recent activity. McElhinney enters play Saturday with a 11-14-2 record, 2.84 GAA, and .913 save percentage across 31 appearances, the last of which came March 18.
  • Jackets' McElhinney Allows Three In Win

    News: Curtis McElhinney stopped 44 of the 47 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout victory over the Oilers.
    Analysis: The Blue Jackets were outshot by the lowly Oilers 47-20, so it wasn't easy, but Curtis McElhinney was able to backstop his team to victory. The netminder played much better Wednesday than he had in his previous few games, which is a good sign, but his inconsistent play makes him an unreliable fantasy roll.
  • Jackets' McElhinney Confirmed For Wednesday

    News: Curtis McElhinney will start in goal for the Jackets on Wednesday against the Oilers.
    Analysis: Curtis McElhinney hasn't been able to lead the Jackets to victory in any of the last six times he's taken the ice, and owns a 2.85 GAA on the year.
  • Blue Jackets' McElhinney Could Face Oilers

    News: Curtis McElhinney appears on track to start Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: We'll await confirmation, but with the Blue Jackets playing Thursday against Vancouver as well, Curtis McElhinney is poised to give Sergei Bobrovsky a breather on Wednesday. McElhinney has enjoyed tremendous success against the Oilers over his career, going 4-0-0 with a 2.39 GAA and .920 save percentage over seven appearances.
  • Blue Jackets' McElhinney Could Start Wednesday

    News: Curtis McElhinney is a candidate to start Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: Coach Todd Richards noted that Curtis McElhinney would get a start on the Blue Jackets' upcoming three-game road trip, and with the team also playing Thursday against Vancouver, it looks like McElhinney's turn in net could arrive Wednesday in Edmonton.
  • Jackets' McElhinney Yanked After One Period

    News: Curtis McElhinney gave up three goals on 12 shots in the first period of Saturday's game against Colorado and was pulled after 20 minutes.
    Analysis: The Jackets were behind the eight ball almost as soon as the game began -- they had to try to kill off a two-man advantage just a couple minutes into the game. Unfortunately, the Avs capitalized on both penalties and had a 2-0 lead by the 3:51 mark. It was downhill from there; they lost 4-0.
  • Jackets Turn To McElhinney On Saturday

    News: Curtis McElhinney will be in the cage for Saturday's game against the Avalanche, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports.
    Analysis: No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned in a solid outing in Friday's win over the Devils, but with the Blue Jackets out of contention for the playoffs, there's no need for the team to turn to him for the second half of a back-to-back set. As a result, Curtis McElhinney will be tasked with stymieing the Avalanche, who saw their own fleeting playoff hopes likely come to screeching halt following Friday's announcement that reigning Calder Trophy winner Nathan MacKinnon would be lost for the season with a fractured foot. The Avs' attack hadn't lived up to expectations even with MacKinnon in the lineup, ranking 23rd in the league in goals per game, so McElhinney might not necessarily be a poor fantasy option Saturday in leagues that start multiple goalies.
  • Blue Jackets Turn To McElhinney On Sunday

    News: Curtis McElhinney is slated to start Sunday's game against the Penguins, Jeff Rimer of Fox Sports Ohio reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, Curtis McElhinney will be backed up Sunday by Sergei Bobrovsky, who may play Tuesday against the Capitals.