Final Grade: D-
Vitals: 6'3" / 201 / 26 / Catches L
Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 9th round (291st) in the 2003 Entry Draft.
MHH Nicknames: Tank
Avs during Elliott starts: 2-9-1 (.333 pt%) 2.41 GF 4.00 GA
Ice Time: 11 starts, 10 games as backup, 1 relief appearance
Career Highlights: While with Ottawa, Elliott beat Montreal for the first time in five career attempts.
Report: Sometimes, a change of scenery can be a good thing for a struggling goalie. Dan Ellis, Dwayne Roloson, Craig Anderson, Curtis McElhinney and Elliott all changed teams in 2011. Ellis, Anderson and McElhinney improved from sub-.900 save percentages to .900+ after their trades. Roloson was above .900 both before and after the trade, and I hear he did fairly well in the playoffs. That leaves Elliott, who went from bad (3.19 GAA / .894) to worse (3.83 / .891). Certainly, Elliott had the misfortune of joining the Avalanche when they were playing dreadful hockey and Elliott faced an average of 30.6 shots against in his 11 Avalanche starts. But, Tank didn't exactly carry the team on top of his gun turret - he allowed 3 or more goals in 10 of his 12 appearances.
The Elliott Drinking Game: Just drink.
2010 Cap Hit: $850,000
2011 Status: RFA ($945,000 QO)
Outlook for Next Season: Although currently unsigned, pencil Elliott into the back-up goalie slot for next season. We suspect he'll go the Kevin Porter route and re-up to a modest one- or two-year deal before the Avs need to tender him. If that doesn't happen, though, the Avalanche just might pass on that hefty tender amount. Unless they are so damn cheap that they are going to ride the Tank all next year as well.
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