Hurricanes scoop up Scott Darling’s rights from Blackhawks

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The continued salvaging parts from the on Friday evening, parting with a third-round draft selection (which previously belonged to Ottawa) to acquire the rights to negotiate with netminder .

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Carolina’s exclusive window to sign Darling lasts until July 1, when the 28-year-old pending unrestricted free agent is scheduled to hit the open market.Darling created a bit of a buzz this season wholesale jersey with his support of Blackhawks starter . He fashioned an 18-5-5 record and maintained a .924 save percentage, which ranked fourth among NHL goaltenders who made at least 30 appearances.

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“Scott had a very successful season in Chicago and was a big part of the Blackhawks finishing with the best record in the Western Conference,” Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said, via official press release. “He played a critical role on Chicago’s 2015 championship team.”Darling was thrust into action in relief of Crawford during the opening round of Chicago’s 2015 Stanley Cup run. He earned victories in three consecutive appearances versus the before Crawford replaced him in Game 6.

Cheap Kyle Brodziak jersey It’s believed that Darling had emerged as a candidate for starting job with the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, interest that could have conceivably prompted the move. Both and , netminders responsible for the NHL’s 26th-ranked total save percentage last season, have one year remaining on their current deals with the Hurricanes. Ward is set to earn $3.3 million, while Lack costs $2.75 million.

The Hurricanes have previously scooped up the remnants of a cap crunch in Chicago. They acquired dynamic forward Teuvo Teravainen from the Blackhawks last summer in a package that also included .