Hurricanes acquire goalie Darling from Blackhawks for draft pick

Chicago Blackhawks have traded goalie Scott Darling to the Carolina Hurricanes for a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 draft. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired goalie Scott Darling from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a draft pick.

The Blackhawks will receive a third-round pick in this summer’s draft from the deal announced Friday night.

Darling can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, and the Hurricanes have exclusive negotiating rights with him until then.

Darling, 28, had a career-best 18 wins with a 2.38 goals-against average in 32 games, helping the Blackhawks post the best record in the Western Conference. His .924 save percentage tied for fourth among goalies with more than 25 starts.

With Cam Ward and Eddie Lack in net, the Hurricanes ranked 18th in the league, allowing 2.8 goals per game, while facing the fifth-fewest shots on goal.

  • Conditional third-round pick (2017)
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