Senators hope 'McElhinney' spells success

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:12 PM ET

ATLANTA — Curtis McElhinney is a hockey writer’s nightmare.

Especially on deadline.

“Have you ever misspelled your last name?” one asked him Wednesday. “Like I have?”

The newest Senator goalie didn’t miss a beat.

“I haven’t yet,” he said. “But sometimes I forget how to pronounce it properly. McElhinney ... It’s been butchered so many times.”

Also messed up was the route his equipment took in getting to Ottawa. McElhinney, claimed off waivers from Tampa Monday, arrived in the nation’s capital just in time to back up Craig Anderson Tuesday. But his gear didn’t make it to SBP until Wednesday — after practice.

“It’s nice to have some familiar stuff,” he said. “It’s been tough. I think the biggest thing is getting used to different skates.

“I just had a bunch of gear that was pulled from the back. A mix of everybody’s equipment that’s been here in years past. It was interesting, to say the least, in warmups.”

McElhinney, who is with his fourth NHL team in the past calendar year, could get the nod Thursday, when the Senators play Atlanta, or Friday, when they’re home to meet the New York Rangers.

“It’s a good change of scenery,” he said of being in Ottawa. “It’s been a hectic week, so hopefully this can be a home for the rest of the year, and years to come.

“The biggest challenge is obviously coming in here and meeting a whole new group of guys, learning new names and faces, but in regards to my confidence, I think it’s a boost because it’s a new beginning and I want to get things started on a right foot.”

don.brennan@sunmedia.ca


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