Curtis McElhinney
Curtis McElhinney
36-Year-Old GoalieG
Tampa Bay Lightning
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McElhinney latched on with the Lightning in free agency, so he'll serve as the veteran backup to reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy. The 36-year-old netminder will likely see a significant drop in playing time after making a career-high 33 starts for the Hurricanes last season, but McElhinney figures to post great numbers on a per-start basis for a Lightning team that had one of the best regular seasons of all time in 2018-19. While you could do a lot worse as far as backup goalies go, there's not much to get excited about here barring an injury to Vasilevskiy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Lightning in July of 2019.
Lands two-year deal
GTampa Bay Lightning
July 1, 2019
McElhinney signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with Tampa Bay on Monday, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
McElhinney's move to Tampa likely means Louis Domingue is on the market, as the club isn't going to carry three netminders or pay one of them over $1 million to sit in the minors. The 35-year-old McElhinney joins the club after registering a career-high 20 wins in 2018-19 and should give the Bolts plenty of coverage to rest starter Andrei Vasilevskiy down the stretch in the hopes of avoiding a similar postseason fate.
Read More News
NHL Stats
Loading Goalie Stats...
NHL Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Yahoo DFS
Loading Goalie Game Log...
2018–19 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
Lightning Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Curtis McElhinney
2019-20 Goalie Tiers
2019-20 Goalie Tiers
32 days ago
32 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin provides a tiered preview for this year's options in goal.
DraftKings NHL: Thursday Playoff Picks
96 days ago
Chris Morgan previews Thursday's Game 4 DraftKings contest between the Hurricanes and Bruins.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Thursday-Friday Playoff Picks
96 days ago
Chris Morgan looks over a combined slate featuring a pair of Game 4s on Thursday and Friday, recommending San Jose's Kevin Labanc in St. Louis.
Yahoo DFS Hockey: Tuesday-Wednesday Playoff Picks
98 days ago
Sasha Yodashkin likes San Jose netminder Martin Jones in Game 3 against St. Louis on Wednesday.
DraftKings NHL: Friday Picks
109 days ago
Jason Chen is rolling with a trio of Stars -- including captain Jamie Benn -- in Game 5 in St. Louis on Friday.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
McElhinney had the best season of his career as Freddy Andersen's backup in 2017-18. He posted an 11-5-1 record with a sterling 2.15 GAA, .934 save percentage and three shutouts. But at 35 years old, McElhinney may not be able to replicate those incredible numbers. Garret Sparks and Calvin Pickard are champing at the bit in the AHL -- they're both ready to move up to the NHL and McElhinney's contract ($800,000) makes him an ideal trade candidate. Whether he plays in Toronto or in another city, McElhinney will be a 20-game starter. His fantasy value is restricted to spot starts in daily leagues, at best.
McElhinney is back as the Buds' backup after delivering a 6-7-0 record in 14 games for the team after he arrived off waivers in January 2017. He delivered a 2.85 GAA and .914 save percentage, and most importantly, he played strong enough hockey that the young team in front of him didn't have to change its style to compensate. McElhinney will likely see 20-25 games for the Leafs this season and may bring value off the wire in daily formats. Otherwise, he's not much of a fantasy consideration.
McElhinney endured a rough 2015-16 campaign, as a knee injury prevented him from taking advantage of Sergei Bobrovsky's own health woes and led to his worst statistical season in a Columbus uniform. The 32-year-old now has competition for the backup job behind Bobrovsky from youngsters Joonas Korpisalo and Anton Forsberg, both of whom excelled in the AHL while holding their own in brief NHL stints. Even if McElhinney is fully healthy this year, his time with the Blue Jackets could be drawing to a close as the team continues to look toward the future.
McElhinney received his biggest workload ever last year due to Sergei Bobrovsky's injury woes, and he delivered a surprisingly solid .914 save percentage, making him a roughly average NHL netminder. He returns in a backup role this season, and with Bobrovsky currently healthy, McElhinney's workload is expected to dip back toward 20 starts. Of course, the Russian netminder has certainly not been immune to injury throughout his career, so McElhinney will surely be ready on standby as necessary.
McElhinney did yeoman's work as Sergei Bobrovsky's backup last season, seeing action in 28 games with a 2.70 GAA and .909 save percentage. The Blue Jackets seem content to let him caddy for the Russian starter until one of their younger netminders proves they are ready for the NHL. Unless Bobrovsky gets hurt, McElhinney won't have much fantasy relevance.
After a stellar season for AHL Springfield last season, McElhinney enters camp as the favorite to back up reigning Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. Barring an injury or major regression by Bobrovsky though, McElhinney won't see much action in that role.
The veteran netminder will provide AHL depth for Columbus, and could see spot duty with the big club if injuries pile up to Sergei Bobrovsky and Steve Mason. McElhinney has played a total of 30 NHL games over the past three seasons for three different clubs: Anaheim, Ottawa and Phoenix before landing in Columbus.
McElhinney spent time in both Anaheim and Ottawa last season, posting a combined 9-13-1 record (including two shutouts) to complement a 3.18 GAA and .897 save percentage. McElhinney will likely not win a considerable netminding role in the desert, but with the Coyotes losing trusted veteran Ilya Bryzgalov to the Flyers, the former Duck will provide experienced depth at the position.
McElhinney was traded to the Ducks last March in a swap of backup netminders. After years of backing up Miikka Kiprusoff in Calgary and seeing very little playing time, McElhinney could be in position to make a career-high number of starts behind Ducks No. 1 Jonas Hiller. In leagues that count total saves rather than save percentage, McElhinney may have some value in deeper formats since the Ducks' blue-line corps has significantly regressed following the retirement of Scott Niedermayer. At any rate, look for McElhinney to finish the year with something closer to 15-20 starts than the half dozen or so he was used for in Calgary.
Expect McElhinney to play more frequently this season as new Flames head coach Brent Sutter made it clear that he plans to rest starter Miikka Kiprusoff more often. The problem is that McElhinney was horrific in his limited work last season. He managed to win one game while losing six. He also posted an unsightly 3.59 goals against average and an .889 save percentage. With those numbers you wouldn't want him on your team even if he was a starter. If you own Kiprusoff you need to know his name but even if he is pressed into action you would need to be desperate to use him. Keep in mind that if he struggles he could be replaced by either Leland Irving or Matt Keetley who will be biding their time in Abbotsford (AHL).
McElhinney looks to be the frontrunner for the No. 2 goalie spot in Calgary, despite being replaced by Curtis Joseph late last season. McElhinney did not play terribly in five games with the Flames last season, putting together an 0-2 record with a 2.00 GAA. Even so, Miikka Kiprusoff rarely gets games off, so McElhinney will see 5-10 games at the very maximum.
McElhinney will battle with Leland Irving for the backup spot to Miikka Kiprusoff this preseason. However, even if he wins the spot, he wins a job similar to Brett Favre's backup, as Kipper has played 73 and 74 games the last two seasons. His job would be to keep the sky from falling when Kiprusoff needs a rest and nothing more. McElhinney could be a good starter in the future, but that is a way off.
McElhinney will likely toil in the minors for all of 2006-07; the Flames have enough depth at the goaltender position at the moment.
More Fantasy News
Won't re-sign with Carolina
GCarolina Hurricanes
June 29, 2019
GM Don Waddell revealed Saturday that McElhinney will head elsewhere this offseason, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Can't rescue Canes
GCarolina Hurricanes
May 16, 2019
McElhinney gave up three goals on 22 shots in Thursday's 4-0 series-ending Game 4 loss to Boston.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Gets starting nod for must-win game
GCarolina Hurricanes
May 16, 2019
McElhinney will guard the cage in Thursday's Game 4 against the Bruins in Carolina, Chip Alexander of The Raleigh News & Observer reports.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Solid outing not enough
GCarolina Hurricanes
May 14, 2019
McElhinney made 29 saves in a 2-1 loss to Boston on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Starting Game 3
GCarolina Hurricanes
May 14, 2019
McElhinney will tend the home goal for Tuesday's Game 3 against the Bruins, Michael Smith of the Hurricanes' official site reports.
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.