2013 NHL Offseason: Jackets Sign McElhinney to a 1 Year Deal, Forsberg to ELC
It wasn't the set of goalie deals fans were hoping to hear about today, but they're certainly important. The team has signed C-Mac to a 1 year, 1 way deal, then finalized prospect Anton Forsberg's Entry Level Contract.
The Dispatch's Aaron Portzline has broken the news that Curtis McElhinney has been signed to a 1 year, one way contract. We're waiting on official money to leak out (as usual, the club does not discuss terms), but signing him to a deal around the $900k Michael Leighton was being paid would make a lot of sense. (And since Paul Dainton and Allen York will both be looking for new deals / potentially parting ways, perhaps Leighton would make sense as a veteran backup there, if the money and interest line up...)
C-Mac was phenomenal for the Falcons last season, posting 29 wins, 16 losses, and three shootout losses in 49 starts. He posted a 2.32 GAA, and set a franchise record with 9 shutouts.
While we're still waiting to see what happens on a new deal for RFA Sergei Bobrovsky, the team also went ahead and took care of another goaltender, signing 2011 draft pick Anton Forsberg to his entry level deal. Looks like he's expected to keep playing in Sweden this season, but don't be surprised if he makes his way across the pond sooner or later to start competing with Oscar Dansk, Bob, and C-Mac for playing time.
Meanwhile, what about Bob? All indications are that he wants to return to Columbus, despite rumors that SKA would like to get him back into the KHL. But talks are stalled, and if I had to bet, his agent is waiting for the Vezina Trophy to be announced before really getting serious at the bargaining table.