Ducks pick up Ellis in goalie swap
The Anaheim Ducks welcomed their second goalie in as many days Thursday, adding Dan Ellis from Tampa Bay in exchange for Curtis McElhinney.
Ellis will probably step in as a starter for the Ducks, who summoned recently signed Ray Emery from the American Hockey League on Wednesday.
Anaheim has been forced into a netminder makeover with starter Jonas Hiller sidelined with dizziness that some media outlets have linked to a possible case of vertigo.
Ellis, 30, has picked up his play of late, posting a 5-2-2 record, 2.44 goals-against average and .910 save percentage in his final 11 outings with Tampa Bay. He went 13-7-6 with a 2.93 GAA in 31 games overall this season.
"We are excited to acquire a goaltender of Dan's calibre, someone we feel can help us immediately," Ducks general manager Bob Murray said in a news release. "He has experience playing in big games down the stretch."
Anaheim marks the third NHL team for Ellis, whom Tampa Bay signed as a free agent last July 1. The Saskatoon native played one game for Dallas in the 2003-04 season before joining the Nashville Predators as a free agent in July 2007.
Ellis's best season with the Predators came in 2007-08 when he won 23 games and sported a career-low 2.34 GAA. He also appeared in six playoff contests that season, fashioning a 2.52 GAA and .938 save percentage.
McElhinney, 27, didn't take advantage of the extra playing time with Hiller out of Anaheim's lineup, allowing three or more goals in six consecutive starts, including seven against Washington on Feb. 16.
The Calgary native went 6-9-1 in a career-high 21 appearances with the Ducks this season to go with a 3.43 GAA, .890 save percentage and two shutouts.
McElhinney was in his second season with Anaheim after being acquired from Calgary for goalie Vesa Toskala in March 2010. He broke into the NHL with the Flames during the 2007-08 campaign.
The six-foot-two, 197-pound McElhinney could be bound for the American Hockey League as Mike Smith, who worked alongside Ellis in Tampa Bay earlier this season, reportedly has been placed on re-entry waivers.
Smith had been toiling in the AHL with Norfolk since being sent to the Lightning's affiliate on a conditioning stint after spraining a knee.
The trade frees up some cap salary space for Tampa Bay ahead of Monday's NHL trade deadline at 3 p.m. ET. Ellis has one year left on his contract worth $1.5 million US while McElhinney is a free agent after this season.