Tag: Michael Leighton


Columbus signs a goalie…but it’s not Bobrovsky


The Columbus Blue Jackets have addressed their goaltending situation for 2013-14, though it’s not in the manner many were expecting.

With the Sergei Bobrovsky negotiations at a standstill, the Jackets inked journeyman Curtis McElhinney to a one-year, one-way deal.

“Curtis is a solid pro who was one of the best goaltenders in the American Hockey League this past season” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekelainen said in a release. “He is a veteran goaltender with NHL experience and we believe he’s earned the opportunity to be a part of our team in 2013-14.”

McElhinney, 30, spent last year with Columbus’ AHL affiliate in Springfield, posting a 29-16-3 record with a 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage — and a franchise-record nine shutouts.

He spent time with the Calgary, Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix organizations before joining Columbus, and has appeared in 69 career NHL contests.

Now, this move is interesting because McElhinney was given a one-way deal, according to the Columbus Dispatch. (The Dispatch also reports it’s a $600,000 salary.)

That all but ensures he’ll be the BJ’s backup next season, a role that was filled by Steve Mason last season (until he was shipped to Philadelphia at the deadline), then Michael Leighton (who didn’t play a single game).

The move also comes on the same day when a report surfaced, claiming that KHL club SKA Saint Petersburg was preparing to make a big money offer for Bobrovsky’s services.

(Image courtesy Springfield Falcons)

PHT’s 2013 NHL Trade Deadline Tracker

Jarome Iginla

Wednesday, Apr. 3 is the final day for NHL teams to make trades for the 2013 regular season. The deadline is set for 3PM ET — be sure to check back here often as we’ll update the tracker throughout the day.

Here’s a complete list of all trades since Mar. 23:


Apr. 3

To Washington: Martin Erat, Michael Latta
To Nashville: Filip Forsberg (link)

To Minnesota: Jeff Deslauriers
To Anaheim: Future considerations (link)

To Boston: D Wade Redden
To St. Louis: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To New Jersey: F Steve Sullivan
To Phoenix: 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Matthew Lombardi
To Phoenix: F Brandon McMillan (link)

To Toronto: D Ryan O’Byrne
To Colorad: 2014 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: F Raffi Torres
To Phoenix: 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Blake Comeau
To Calgary: 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Minnesota: F Jason Pominville, 2014 fourth-round pick
To Buffalo: G Matt Hackett, F Johan Larsson, 2013 first-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: G Steve Mason
To Columbus: G Michael Leighton, 2013 third-round pick (link)

To Columbus: F Marian Gaborik, Steven Delisle, Blake Partlett
To New York Rangers: F Derick Brassard, F Derek Dorsett, D John Moore and 2013 sixth-round pick (link)

To Tampa Bay: G Ben Bishop
To Ottawa: F Cory Conacher, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Pittsburgh: F Jussi Jokinen
To Carolina: 2013 conditional draft pick (link)

To Edmonton: F Jerred Smithson
To Florida: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To San Jose: D Scott Hannan
To Nashville: 2013 sixth-/seventh-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Rob Flick
To Chicago: F Maxime Sauve (link)

Apr. 2

To New York Rangers: F Ryane Clowe
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 third-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

To Montreal: D Davis Drewiske
To Los Angeles 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

To Boston: F Jaromir Jagr
To Dallas: F Lane MacDermid, F Cody Payne, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Vancouver: F Derek Roy
To Dallas: D Kevin Connauton, 2013 second-round pick (link)

To Colorado: F Tomas Vincour
To Dallas: D Cameron Gaunce (link)

To Phoenix: F Matthew Clackson
To Washington: F Joel Rechlicz (link)

To Carolina: D Marc-Andre Bergeron
To Tampa Bay: F Adam Hall, 2013 seventh-round pick (link)

Apr. 1

To St. Louis: D Jay Bouwmeester
To Calgary: 2013 or ’14 first-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick, G Reto Berra, D Mark Cundari (link)

To Los Angeles: D Robyn Regehr
To Buffalo: 2014 second-round pick, 2015 second-round pick (link)

To Chicago: F Michal Handzus
To San Jose: 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Anaheim: F Harry Zolnierczyk
To Philadelphia: F Jay Rosehill (link)

Mar. 30

To St. Louis: D Jordan Leopold
To Buffalo: 2013 second-round pick, 2013 fourth-round pick (link)

To Philadelphia: D Kent Huskins
To Detroit: 2014 seventh-round pick (link)

Mar. 28

To Pittsburgh: F Jarome Iginla
To Calgary: 2013 first-round pick, F Kenneth Agostino, F Ben Hanowski (link)

Mar. 25

To Pittsburgh: D Douglas Murray
To San Jose: 2013 second-round pick, 2014 second-round pick (link)

Mar. 24

To Pittsburgh: F Brenden Morrow, 2013 third-round pick
To Dallas: D Joe Morrow, 2013 fifth-round pick (link)

Trade: Jackets deal goalie Steve Mason to Philly

Columbus Blue Jackets v Dallas Stars

Steve Mason is getting a much-needed change of scenery. However, it’s not exactly a place that’s been kind to goaltenders — he’s been traded from Columbus to Philadelphia.

Mason, 24, is 3-6-1 with a .899 save percentage this season. The 24-year-old won the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year after an excellent 2008-09 campaign, but for the most part has struggled ever since.

The rise of Sergei Bobrovsky, who ironically was acquired last summer from Philadelphia, made Mason doubly expendable.

The Flyers will obviously be hoping Mason can regain his rookie form.


Pierre LeBrun of ESPN reports the Flyers sent goalie Michael Leighton and a third-round pick in exchange for Mason.


Via CSNPhilly.com, Mason told TSN that’s he looking forward to the opportunity to resurrect his career.

“I’m really excited and going to a new organization with a fresh opportunity to play with some players I have a history with from World Juniors there. Just really looking forward to meeting the new guys and starting off fresh,” Mason said.

“I’m more than thrilled to have this new opportunity. With the way Sergei has played, he’s taken the ball and really run with it.

“Every goaltender wants a fresh start and not be sitting on the bench. I’m going to a new organization to re-establish my career and really looking forward to that.”