Ducks Acquire Goaltender Ellis from Tampa Bay for McElhinney

Thursday, 02.24.2011 / 8:00 AM PT / News
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Ducks Acquire Goaltender Ellis from Tampa Bay for McElhinney
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The Ducks have acquired goaltender Dan Ellis from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for goaltender Curtis McElhinney.

“We are excited to acquire a goaltender of Dan’s caliber, someone we feel can help us immediately,” said Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He has experience playing in big games down the stretch.”

Ellis Highlights

Ellis, 30 (6/19/80), has appeared in 142 career NHL games with Tampa Bay, Nashville and Dallas, going 63-49-14 with a 2.71 goals-against average (GAA), .907 save percentage (SV%), and 12 shutouts. In 31 games with Tampa Bay this season, he went 13-7-6 with a 2.93 GAA and .889 save percentage. At the time of the trade, he led the Lightning in wins and games played. In his final 11 appearances with Tampa Bay, Ellis compiled a 5-2-2 record with a 2.44 GAA and .910 SV%.

A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ellis played three seasons with the Nashville Predators from 2007-10, posting a 49-42-8 record with a 2.64 GAA and .912 SV% in 110 games. He also appeared in six playoff games with Nashville. Ellis led the NHL with a .924 SV% and tied for third with six shutouts during his rookie season in 2007-08. He set a Nashville franchise record with a 233:48 shutout streak from Mar. 22-30, 2008, the fifth-best streak in the NHL’s modern era at the time (147 consecutive saves). He also began his NHL career as just the fourth NHL goaltender in history to win seven-or-more games to start a career (7-0-0), joining current Anaheim teammate Ray Emery (9), Bob Froese (8) and Wayne Thomas (7).

Ellis was drafted by Dallas in the second round (60th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by Nashville as an unrestricted free agent on July 5, 2007. He was traded to Montreal with Dustin Boyd for Sergei Kostitsyn on June 29, 2010 before signing as a free agent with Tampa Bay on July 1, 2010.

McElhinney, 27 (5/23/83), posted a 6-9-1 record with two shutouts, a 3.43 GAA and .890 SV% in 21 appearances for Anaheim this season. A native of Calgary Alberta, McElhinney set career highs in wins, shutouts and appearances in 2010-11. He was acquired from Calgary in exchange for Vesa Toskala on Mar. 3, 2010 and appeared in 31 career games for Anaheim, going 11-10-2 with two shutouts, a 3.20 GAA and .899 SV%.

Ellis spoke to reporters via conference call Thursday morning:


On hearing of the trade:

It’s always a bit of a surprise. The team I was a part of here was putting together some great games and doing fairly well. It seems like they made all the acquisitions they were going to make, but the business side of hockey is something that can always take you by surprise and you have to be prepared for it.

To have the opportunity to be picked up by Anaheim is wonderful. They have a great organization and some great players there. Jonas has done a wonderful job and it will be great to learn from him and partner with him. It takes you by surprise, but in another sense it’s a great opportunity to help a team that is making a push down this final stretch to get into the playoffs.

On his season:

It’s feel like it’s the best I feel I’ve been playing all year. It’s an opportunity to get moved at a time where I feel like I’m on top of my game.

The first part of the season didn’t go exactly the way we would have liked, as far as the goaltending tandem with [Mike Smith] and I. They picked up Dwayne [Roloson] right when we got things turned around a little bit, and he came in and provided instant stability, being a character and veteran person. He had some great games out there. I had a chance to almost take a step back and learn from him, which for me was one of the best things that could happen in my career. We also had a new goaltending coach who was teaching me a new goaltending system. That creates a lot of thinking, and you guys know that any thinking athlete is not a good one. When you’re thinking instead of reacting, usually you’re a little late for pucks.

I learned from Roly and I think the hockey I played from December on was considerably different from the first half of the season.

On his arrival in Anaheim:

I’m arriving this evening. I’ll do anything for the team I’m, playing for. Anything I can do to benefit that team, I’m always willing to do. I’m a Duck now and my goal is to help that team make the playoffs. If they want me in the net tomorrow, I’ll jump right in and be very excited. If they need me to sit on the bench, I’ll do that and cheer on my squad.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 76 47 22 7 222 213 101
2 NSH 75 46 21 8 214 180 100
3 STL 74 46 21 7 226 182 99
4 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
5 MIN 75 43 25 7 215 185 93
6 VAN 74 43 27 4 212 199 90
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 74 37 23 14 199 184 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 75 36 29 10 232 240 82
11 SJS 74 36 30 8 207 210 80
12 COL 74 34 28 12 200 206 80
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 75 23 44 8 158 249 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Getzlaf 73 24 44 14 68
C. Perry 61 32 20 16 52
R. Kesler 76 19 27 -5 46
S. Vatanen 61 12 25 7 37
J. Silfverberg 75 12 23 11 35
P. Maroon 67 9 24 -4 33
C. Fowler 74 7 26 3 33
H. Lindholm 73 7 26 22 33
J. Wisniewski 64 8 24 -14 32
M. Beleskey 62 22 9 14 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 32 11 5 .913 2.41
J. Gibson 12 7 0 .914 2.65

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