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SportsHurricanes reportedly intend to buy out goalie Scott Darling

21:55  19 may  2019
21:55  19 may  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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Scott Darling (born December 22, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who is currently an unrestricted free agent in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has previously played for the Chicago Blackhawks and Carolina Hurricanes .

And while Darling made the point that “nothing’s given to you in this league,” it’s pretty clear that the Hurricanes didn’t make him their most expensive goalie Darling had career bests of 18 wins and 27 starts in his third year backing up Crawford, and had a 2.38 goals-against average in 32 games while

Hurricanes reportedly intend to buy out goalie Scott Darling© James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

In 2017, the Carolina Hurricanes felt they were finally getting the goaltender they needed to reach the playoffs when they traded for and immediately signed Chicago Blackhawks backup Scott Darling to a four-year, $16.6M contract.

After two disappointing seasons, it looks like the Hurricanes are ready to pull the plug on the deal. David Pagnotta of the Fourth Period reports that Carolina intends to buy out Darling's contract when the buyout period opens.

If the Hurricanes follow through with a buyout, the buyout cap hit would break down like this (according to CapFriendly): 2019-20: $1.233M; 2020-21: $2.333M; 2021-22: $1.183M; 2022-23: $1.183M.

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Scott Darling overcame alcohol addiction that nearly derailed his career in college at Maine. He worked his way up through multiple teams in the ECHL and AHL Darling 's trade is a statement from Bowman that Corey Crawford will be the Hawks goaltender as Bowman sets out trying to reshape the roster.

Scott Darling will be out "a couple weeks, for sure" with a lower-body injury, Carolina Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour said Tuesday. I guess that part is done and now obviously we just hope [ Darling ] gets healthy and back to where he was." The Hurricanes claimed goalie Curtis McElhinney

Darling, 30, who was the backup to Corey Crawford during the Blackhawks’ successful playoff runs, was acquired for a third-round pick in 2017. In his final season in Chicago, he posted a 2.37 GAA and a .924 save percentage in 32 games, but never served as a starter. However, nothing went right once Darling hit the ice in Carolina. He struggled in 2017-18 when he 3.18 GAA and a .888 save percentage in a career-high 43 games.

Despite talk last summer that Darling was committed to conditioning and getting back on track, the Hurricanes claimed goaltender Curtis McElhinney off waivers, giving the team three goaltenders (McElhinney, Darling and Petr Mrazek). The three played in tandem, but Darling only made eight appearances this season, struggling even more. He finished with a 3.34 GAA and a .884 save percentage, eventually being placed on waivers and sent to the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL in hopes of regaining his confidence.

Mrazek or McElhinney? Hurricanes have time to mull it over

Mrazek or McElhinney? Hurricanes have time to mull it over If you’re Rod Brind’Amour, what do you do? The Carolina Hurricanes coach could have an interesting decision to make as the Canes plan ahead for the Eastern Conference finals. Goalies Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney both have been very good and one has to be the starter, although the Canes’ opponent — either the Boston Bruins or Columbus Blue Jackets — and a starting date have not been set. Mrazek started the first nine games of the playoffs and was vital in knocking off the Washington Capitals in the first round.

The Carolina Hurricanes didn’t waste any time in locking up goalie Scott Darling . “Obviously Scott could have waited until July 1, to see what other options he might have as an unrestricted Darling , 28, was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on April 29 in exchange for Ottawa’s third-round

Darling becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Until then, the Hurricanes now have exclusive rights to negotiate a new contract with him. Neither player’s contract is up until after next season, though it’s possible they buy out Lack’s deal after he clashed with head coach Bill Peters this season.

Instead, Darling continued to struggle, putting up a 3.40 GAA and a .882 save percentage in 14 appearances for the Checkers, prompting the goaltender to take a leave of absence in February from which he never returned.

If the Hurricanes do buyout Darling, they will have to sign another goaltender before July 1 as teams need to have three goaltenders under contract, according to the CBA. At the moment, Carolina only has two goaltenders under contract, Jeremy Helvig and Callum Booth, neither of which are in their 2018-19 plans.

McElhinney and Mrazek are both slated to become unrestricted free agents, while AHL star Alex Nedeljkovic will be a restricted free agent this summer.

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Hurricanes hope to re-sign both Mrazek, McElhinney.
Carolina Hurricanes general manager Don Waddell said the team hopes to re-sign pending unrestricted free-agent goaltenders Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney, according to Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer. Mrazek and McElhinney formed an unlikely, cost-efficient duo for the Canes this past season. Mrazek signed a one-year $1.5-million contract with the club last summer, and McElhinney was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs while riding out the last campaign of his two-year, $1.6-million pact. Together, they gave Carolina much-needed reliable play between the pipes.

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