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Blue Jackets sign G McElhinney, D Melart to one-year contracts

The Canadian Press

5/24/2013 6:00:48 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Curtis McElhinney and defenceman Ilari Melart to one-year contracts.

McElhinney, who turned 30 on Thursday, has appeared in 69 career NHL games with the Calgary Flames, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators. He has a 19-26-4 record, with a 3.09 goals-against average and an .899 save percentage. In 2012-13, he went 29-6-3 with nine shutouts in 49 games with Springfield of the American Hockey League.

The 24-year-old Melart, signed to an entry-level contract, spent the past several seasons playing in Europe. Last year, he was with HIFK of the Finnish Elite League.

The club has begun to work on a new deal with top goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who will be a restricted free agent this summer.