One Carolina Hurricanes player the Boston Bruins will not face tonight in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals is former UMaine goalie Scott Darling.

The up and down hockey career of Darling appears to be in a down spot right now.

After signing a four-year, $16 million dollar deal in the spring of 2017, Darling struggled in his first year in Carolina.

The Canes brought in Curtis McElhinney and Petr Mrazek at the start of the season to compete with Darling.

They won jobs with the Hurricanes and Darling was sent to their AHL team in Charlotte, after clearing waivers.

He struggling in 14 games at the AHL level and in February Darling asked for a 'personal leave of absence' and got it from the club. It is an indefinite leave.

Darling has not been back. Not in Charlotte where the AHL team is still in the playoffs. And not in Raleigh where the Canes are in the NHL final four.

Darling has battled alcoholism and anxiety issues from his days at UMaine and beyond. He wrote about his struggles in the 'Players Tribune' when he left the Chicago Blackhawks as a backup goalie to Cory Crawford.

He has two more years on that $16 million dollar deal.

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