Apr 25, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Michael Leighton (49) warms up before the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Blue Jackets defeated the Stars 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

CBJ Back-Up Goalie Problems

With all the hype around signing Sergei Bobrovsky, and then recent free agent signing of Nathan Horton, CBJ has forgot one important role. A role that I think is very underrated at times, and can easily be forgotten about when you have other holes in your roster. Now that the main focus of signing Bobrovsky and the main attractions of free agency have been signed, maybe Jarmo will address the Blue Jackets backup goalie situation.

On the CBJ depth chart, the backup goaltender is listed as Curtis McElhinney, which leaves me quite confused because we have Michael Leighton, granted he is now a free agent (I guess I should have said we had him). Which brings in the question; is Jarmo planning on signing Leighton to back up Bobrovsky?

If Leighton is not the guy who is going to be backing up Bobrovsky, then I am slightly nervous, because McElhinney hasn’t even suited up for the Blue Jackets, let alone played a game. Leighton hasn’t actually played a game for the Blue Jackets either, but he was the backup for Bobrovsky at the end of the season, and is a very capable goalie.

Going back into a full length season, a solid backup will be a key component. A backup for Bobrovsky will probably get between 10-20 starts easily, so a solid goaltender could help earn some important points in the standings. Leighton is much more ready to take on that task than McElhinney. Hopefully Jarmo has some plans to deal with this issue because the offseason is not getting any shorter.

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  • Kat Ehas

    Given that Jarmo opted not to sign Leighton, and that McElhinney was signed to a one-way contract, I’m assuming that the organization has made the decision that McElhinney is going to be the back-up for the 2013-14 season. There’s not much that can be read otherwise into the situation from what I can tell.

  • christopher momeyer

    McElhinney is signed to a one way deal anf Jarmo has said he’s the backup. He should be a decent backup. He played well in Springfield and does have prior NHL experience. He is familiar to the CBJ system coming from Springfiled. I don’t think there should be much worry