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Former Lightning G Dan Ellis: "I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the organization"



The one thing you have to say about former Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Dan Ellis is that he handled this season with class. No matter how bad the criticism or how many questions surrounded the team's decision to, for a time, have three goalies around, Ellis always was approachable and gave thoughtful answers that were not just sound bites.

Reached just before he got on a plane to the west coast, Ellis, traded Thursday to the Ducks for goaltender Curtis McElhinney, said he loved his time with the Lightning.

"I love Tampa and I wish I could have stayed there," Ellis said. "I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the organization or the way anything was handled. I think this is just part of the business side of the sport. The team has acquired some players recently and has some big financial obligations moving forward with (Steven Stamkos') contract and a number of other players."

As for his opportunity with the Ducks, who need goaltending help, Ellis said, "It's great. It's a team that's charging to make the playoffs. They're a couple of points out and they have a  great group of guys. They made some acquisitions recently with (Francois) Beauchemin and (Jarkko) Ruutu. They're trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together."

We wish Dan Ellis the best.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 26, 2011 12:15am]


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