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NHL notes: Jackets sign McElhinney

Ottawa Senators' goalie Curtis McElhinney watches the puck fly past him in Ottawa March 19, 2011....

Ottawa Senators' goalie Curtis McElhinney watches the puck fly past him in Ottawa March 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

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, Last Updated: 10:33 PM ET

Curtis McElhinney looks to be on his way back to the NHL.

After spending the past two seasons mainly in the minors, the Columbus Blue Jackets inked the goaltender to a one-year, one-way contract worth a reported $600,000.

"Curtis has to come to camp and earn a job; nothing is going to be given," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen told the Columbus Post-Dispatch. "But with his play this season (in Springfield), he earned the contract he got. He was the backbone of the team down there. He played very well. I saw him in the regular season and in the playoffs, and it was the same thing ... he's earned this opportunity to be back in the league again."

For his career, McElhinney is 19-26-4 with a 3.10 GAA and .899 save percentage in 69 NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks, Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL awards during cup finals

There will be no trip to Las Vegas next month for the NHL awards.

Instead, the league will broadcast its players and coaches awards winners during two TV specials during the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Bill Masterton Trophy, Frank J. Selke Trophy, Jack Adams Award, King Clancy Trophy, Lady Byng Trophy and Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award will be announced the day before Game 2 is played.

The winners of the Calder Trophy, Hart Trophy, James Norris Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award will be announced prior to Game 2's puck drop.


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