Lightning Sign Free Agent Goaltender Dan Ellis
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.
- Height: 6' 0"
- Weight: 193
- Catches: Left
- Born: June 19, 1980
- Birthplace: Saskatoon, SK, Canada
- Drafted: DAL / 2nd (60th) / 2000
“We are very pleased to sign Dan today,” Yzerman said. “We expect him to come in and compete for playing time with Mike Smith. This is a great opportunity for Dan and we look forward to him making the most of it. From the entire Lightning organization, I’d like to welcome Dan to Tampa Bay.”
“I’m very excited about coming to Tampa Bay,” Ellis said. “To me, the Lightning are an up-and-coming team that has all the right pieces. They have great scoring and defensive talent. They picked up a world-class coach and general manager this summer and it is a team that is headed in the right direction. As soon as I saw that they quickly became my number one option.”
Ellis, 6-foot, 193 pounds, has played in 111 career NHL games with the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, posting a 50-42-8 record. He has also registered a .912 save percentage with a 2.64 goals-against average with 10 shutouts. Ellis spent the previous three seasons with the Predators. He played in six Stanley Cup Playoff games with Nashville in 2008, posting a .938 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Ellis posted his best season in 2007-08 when he posted a 23-10-3 record with six shutouts, a .924 save percentage and a 2.34 goals-against average. That season he led the NHL in save percentage and was tied for third in shutouts. Ellis also won his first seven career starts.
Last season Ellis, 30, played in 31 games with the Predators. He posted a 15-13-1 record with a .909 save percentage, 2.69 goals-against average and one shutout. Ellis’ number for wins, save percentage and goals-against average were all the second-highest of his career.
Ellis was named the most valuable player of the ECHL playoffs and most valuable player of the Kelly Cup Finals during the 2004 season after leading Idaho to the league championship and posting a 13-3 record and a 1.86 goals-against average. He played his amateur hockey at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he was named to the CCHA Second All-Star Team in 2001-02.
He was drafted by Dallas in the second round, 60th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was signed by Nashville as a free agent on July 7, 2007.