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Tampa Bay Lightning trades G Dan Ellis to the Ducks for backup G Curtis McElhinney



The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday traded backup goaltender Dan Ellis to the Ducks for backup goalie Curtis McElhinney. Ellis, who signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent has another year left on a two-year, $3 million contract. McElhinney, 27, is making $570,000 this season and is potentially an unrestricted free agent, so he not only is a lot cheaper than Ellis, he gives the team a bit more payroll flexibility.

McElhinney is 6-9-1 this season with two shutouts, a 3.43 goals-against average and .890 save percentage. His past four games have been brutal. All losses, he had a 5.75 goals-against average and a .779 save percentage, stopping just 67 of 86 shots. Ellis, who has played better lately, had trouble most of the season with allowing long-range goals. He was 13-7-6 with two shutouts, a 2.93 goals-against average and .889 save percentage.

Here is the announcement from the team:

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage.  He also has two shutouts.  McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins.  He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, McElhinney has played in 60 career NHL games with the Ducks and Calgary Flames, notching a 15-22-4 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.  He has also appeared in 131 American Hockey League games, posting a 64-49-5 record with 13 shutouts and a 2.27 goals-against average.

McElhinney, selected by Calgary in the sixth round, 176th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, played four seasons at Colorado College of the WCHA before turning pro.  With the Tigers he registered a 62-16-8 record with a 2.32 goals-against average in 91 games.

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


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