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

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have sent goalie Scott Darling to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte and say forward Valentin Zykov has been claimed on waivers by the Edmonton Oilers. General manager Don Waddell announced the moves Friday, a day after both players were placed on

Scott Darling (born December 22, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently under contract with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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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 has agreed to a 4-year deal with the Carolina Hurricanes . Darling , who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, had his rights acquired by the Hurricanes from the Chicago You're almost signed up for Sports. Keep an eye out for an email to confirm your newsletter registration.

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling has returned from a stint with the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL as goalie Curtis McElhinney continues to Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling had one of the worst seasons a goalie can have in the NHL. But this summer he's been hitting the gym to make

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.

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The Carolina Hurricanes pulled the plug on their patience with Scott Darling by placing him on waivers Thursday, according to TSN. The former Blackhawks goaltender is in the second year of a four-year, .6 million contract he signed with the Hurricanes after being traded in 2017.

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Scott Darling had one of the worst seasons a goalie can have in the NHL. But this summer he's been hitting the gym to If Darling is not claimed by another team and clears waivers at noon Friday, he will be assigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

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.

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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