The backup netminder has agreed to a two-year contract worth $2.6 million, the richest deal of his career thus far.
We have signed Curtis McElhinney to a two-year contract worth an AAV of $1.3 million.
— Tampa Bay Lightning (@TBLightning) July 1, 2019
McElhinney spent 2018-19 with the Carolina Hurricanes after being picked up off waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs prior to the season.
The 36-year-old went on to start a career-high 33 games and finished the year with a respectable 20-11-2 record with a .912 save percentage, 2.58 goals-against average and
This signing means the Lightning are now likely looking to trade last season’s backup, Louis Domingue, who had a 21-5-0 record in 26 appearances last season in Tampa.
Based on this tweet from Domingue following news of McElhinney’s signing, it appears he knows the situation he’s in.
Vasilevskiy is about to enter the final year of his contract before likely getting a massive pay raise prior to the 2020-21 campaign.
Tampa Bay will be the eighth NHL team of McElhinney’s 12-year NHL career.