The Lightning and the Ducks swamped somewhat irrelevant goaltenders today in a day that saw many a head-puzzling trade go down. This was actually one that made a little sense
With Jonas Hiller out with vertigo, the Ducks are short on NHL caliber goaltenders. They hoped Curtis McElhinney would be able to take over the work load, but it was obvious quick that it wasn’t a feasible option. The club had signed Ray Emory, but he was still getting his game back in the minors.
They needed a goalie who could get them through games, and they found their guy in Dan Ellis. He can handle the starter’s work load and keep the team from sinking until Hiller returns, which is all the Ducks are really looking for him to do.
On Tampa Bay’s side of the trade, they bring up Mike Smith from Norfolk to take over backup duties for Dwayne Roloson. McElhinney will be sent to the minors. This saves money for the Bolts, who it appears may be looking to use the newly-acquired cap space to add one more piece. Overall a low risk, low reward trade for the Lightning that likely will have little to no impact on their season unless Roloson gets injured.
McElhinney played four years at Colorado College and was selected by the Calgary Flames with the 176th overall pick in the 2002 entry draft. The 27 year old spent two years in the AHL before debuting for the Flames in the 07-08 season, and he served at Kiprusoff’s backup for the entire 08-09 season. He was traded last season to the Ducks for Vesa Toskala. McElhinney has played a total of 60 career NHL games with a GAA of 3.21 in that time.
Now watch Steven Stamkos, Ryan Malone, and Steve Downie attack Teddy Purcell with shaving cream in celebration of his first career hat trick last night.