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Canes sign goalie Darling to 4-year deal

Posted May 5

Scott Darling (33) of the Chicago Blackhawks makes a diving save. The Carolina Hurricanes host the Chicago Blackhawks on December 30, 2016 at PNC Arena. The Blackhawks scored first, but the Canes responded and took a gritty victory winning 3 to 2. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

— The Carolina Hurricanes signed goaltender Scott Darling to a four-year contract Friday.

The deal will pay Darling a total of $16.6 million and carries an average annual value of $4.15 million per season.

“Obviously Scott could have waited until July 1, to see what other options he might have as an unrestricted free agent,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis. “But he believes in what we are trying to do here and we are thrilled that he is committing to the Hurricanes and to Raleigh.”

Darling, 28, was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks on April 29 in exchange for Ottawa’s third-round selection in the 2017 NHL Draft. He went 18-5-5, with a 2.38 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage in 32 games played for Chicago in 2016-17.

Darling recorded the decision in each of his career-high 27 starts (18-5-4) for the Blackhawks, with his lone non-start decision coming as an overtime loss on March 21 against Vancouver after he entered a 4-1 game just moments into the third period. Darling’s .924 save percentage in 2016-17 ranked tied for fourth among all NHL goaltenders who started more than 25 games.

In 75 career NHL games with Chicago, he has posted a 39-17-9 record, a 2.37 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage. In 2015, Darling went 3-1 in five opening-round playoff appearances against Nashville, helping the Blackhawks win their first-round series en route to their third Stanley Cup championship in six years.

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