The Columbus Blue Jackets inked goaltender Mike McKenna to a one-year, two-way deal yesterday that will see the 30-year-old suit up for the Springfield Falcons.
McKenna, a native of Springfield, Miss., has been quite the journeyman over the last nine years, playing in Peoria, Binghamton, Albany, Lowell, Norfolk, Portland, Milkwauke, Omaha, and Las Vegas (ECHL).
Last season McKenna suited up for 39 games with the Rivermen, posting a 2.38 GAA and .924 SV%. OVer his career, McKenna has never started more than 50 games a year, but will likely get a chance to best that total in Springfield.
Though McKenna has bounced around the league, it’s more a testament to his ability to come in and get the job done, rather than speaking to any faults in his game. While he’s only statistically improved with age — as is normal with the goaltending profession — McKenna is finally coming into a situation where he can take a number one job and, quite possibly, hold it for a substantial amount of time.