Calgary Trades Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala

March 04, 2010

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Jeff Ponder

Calgary Trades Curtis McElhinney to Anaheim for Vesa Toskala

Anaheim just can't seem to stop shuffling their goaltenders.

After shipping away J.S. Giguere and Justin Pogge in the past month, they have also sent recently-acquired Vesa Toskala packing.  After being acquired in the Giguere deal on January 31, Toskala did not play in a single game for the Ducks.  His 3.66 GAA and .870 save percentage with Toronto is an unimpressive stat on this season. 

McElhinney has been backup in Calgary for parts of two seasons, and has posted a NHL-career .889 save percentage.  The 26-year old goaltender is expected to battle for the backup role next season with prospect Timo Pielmeier.

The nod in this deal goes to Calgary.  While Anaheim made a smart move in acquiring someone that they can bring back next season at a cheap rate, Calgary solidified a strong backup going into the playoffs.  Toskala is a former starter in Toronto and adds plenty of experience to the backup role.  His contract will be over at the end of the season, but Calgary just needs him in case starter Miika Kiprusoff falters in the playoffs.

Keywords: anaheim ducks, curtis mcelhinney, j.s. giguere, justin pogge, miika kiprusoff, timo pielmeier, vesa toskala

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