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Lightning Sign G Curtis McElhinney to Two-Year Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent goaltender Curtis McElhinney to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.3-million, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

McElhinney, 36, appeared in 33 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season, posting a 20-11-2 record to go along with a 2.58 goals-against average and .912 save percentage with two shutouts. He set career highs for games played, wins and saves (1,978) during the 2018-19 season. The London, Ontario native also played in five Stanley Cup Playoff games in 2019, winning three games with a 2.01 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

The 6-foot-2, 203-pound goaltender has played in 219 career NHL games over 13 seasons with the Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, registering a record of 82-82-15 to go along with a 2.81 goals-against average and .909 save percentage. McElhinney was previously acquired by the Lightning on February 24, 2011 from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Dan Ellis. He was then claimed off waivers four days later by the Ottawa Senators.

McElhinney was originally drafted by the Flames in the sixth round, 176th overall, at the 2002 NHL Draft.

2019 Post-Draft Prospect Rankings


The 2018-2019 regular season has come and gone and it was the best season in Lightning history. Then the playoffs happened. A funny thing happened on the way to lifting the Cup and it happened so fast the only thing most Lightning fans remember was the culprit was wearing a blue jacket and John Tortorella was giddy.

The Lightning took the first step to putting both the good and bad of the 2018-2019 season behind them this past week with the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. Tampa Bay added seven prospects to the farm, and some were bigger than others. But where does Nolan Foote, Max Cajkovic, and others fit into the current stable of youngsters? Glad you asked. We’ve added the newbies into the existing group to come up with our post-draft rankings.

As usual, a refresher is in order about the rules of the rankings. Only players under the age of 24 on opening night of the regular season are eligible to be ranked. Skaters with 41 NHL games in a single season or a total of 82 career NHL games are considered graduated and are ineligible to be ranked. Goaltenders with 30 decisions in a single NHL season or 41 career NHL decisions are also considered graduated. Finally, NCAA-based players are eligible for the rankings for the duration of their college careers, irrespective of their age. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Consult your doctor if … nevermind.

And away we go…

Bolts Ink 2019 1st Rounder Nolan Foote to ELC

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract, vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois announced today. The Lightning drafted Foote from the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League with the 27th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver, British Columbia this past weekend. Nolan is the younger brother of the Lightning’s 2017 first-round pick Cal Foote and the son of former NHL defenseman Adam Foote.

Foote, 18, skated in 66 games with Kelowna during the 2018-19 season, posting 36 goals and 63 points to go along with 62 penalty minutes. He ranked first on the Rockets for goals and power-play goals (17) and was tied for second for points. His 17 power-play markers ranked tied for fourth in the WHL. The Engelwood, Colorado native set career highs last season for games played, goals, points and penalty minutes last season.

The 6-foot-3, 188-pound forward has played in 168 career WHL games, all with Kelowna over three seasons, posting 68 goals and 138 points to go along with 118 penalty minutes. Foote has also appeared in 22 career WHL playoff games, recording three goals and 10 points.

Training Camp Numbers: Podcast Episode No. 11

The podcast is back this week as Andrew and I talk about the summer ahead for Tampa and what the Lightning need to do to get a “win” this offseason. 

That includes NHL free agency, trades, buyouts, and extensions for guys like Brayden Point.

Also, Andrew has a source, and I get to chat about the recent NHL draft.

For first-timers, Training Camp Numbers looks at Lightning prospects (who get and are often stuck with the obscure training camp numbers), Lightning talking points, and the NHL news of the week.

Thanks to Andrew Weiss for leading and hosting the show. Enjoy the Lightning talk on iTunes, Spotify, and a bunch of other platforms. Our thanks to Erik for joining in. Be sure to find him (and become a member) at Lightning Insider and Lightning Power Play.

Click here to listen.


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