Friday, May 5, 2017

Hurricanes Ink Goalie Scott Darling to Four-Year Deal

Last week the Carolina Hurricanes traded a third-round pick to the Blackhawks for the rights to negotiate with soon to be free agent Scott Darling. Now they've locked him up.

The Hurricanes announced that they've signed the 28-year-old Darling to a four-year, $16.6 million deal that will keep him signed through 2021.

Darling spent three years as Corey Crawford's backup in Chicago. In 75 appearances he went 39-17-9 with a 2.37 GAA and a .924 save percentage. Since the beginning of 2014, Darling has the second-lowest save percentage of all NHL goalies that have appeared in 70 games or more.

The Hurricanes have had problems between the pipes for years, and they decided to go for Darling despite the fact that Cam Ward and Eddie Lack are still signed by the club. Both are eligible to become free agents at the end of next season. Ward is owed $3.3 million; Lack is owed $2.75 million.

It is not clear which goalie the club plans to leave unprotected at the expansion draft.

Carolina had the second-lowest 5-on-5 save percentage in the NHL during the regular season at .9126. Darling should be able to lend a hand with that.