While Bishop and Fleury would have been the type of additions that would get you wolf whistles at the bar, Elliott is the one you would be proud to bring home to meet your mom.
Consider this: For four out of the last five years, the native of Newmarket, Ontario, has been the Blues nominee for the Bill Masterton Trophy, which goes to the NHL player "who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ice hockey."
Top 5 in SV% since start of 2011-12 season (min 50 gm):— Darren Haynes (@DarrenWHaynes) June 25, 2016
1. Schneider, .926
2. Elliott, .925
3. Talbot, .924
4. Rask, .924
5. Lundqvist, .923
The Undisputed No. 1
Just spoke with new #Flames G Brian Elliott. "With this trade, Calgary’s obviously shown a lot of interest in me and it was welcoming."— Kristen Odland (@Kristen_Odland) June 25, 2016
Elliott: "A winning team goes a long way in that city. That’s what I’m there for and I want to get that started.”— Kristen Odland (@Kristen_Odland) June 25, 2016
Elliott: "I want to make Calgary one of the toughest places to play.”— Kristen Odland (@Kristen_Odland) June 25, 2016
Then he greeted fans himself.
Calgary, I'm honored to become a #Flames . I've wanted this opportunity and am ready for it. Can't wait to play for the #CofRed— Brian Elliott (@KidElls1) June 25, 2016
Equally excited should be the Flames as the goaltending has been a constant issue in recent years.
Combined save percentage for Calgary goalies since Sept. 9, 2013, when Kiprusoff officially hung up his blocker, has been several shades of mediocre:
- Karri Ramo, 106 starts, 49-42-8, .911
- Jonas Hiller, 67 starts, 35-30-5, .905
- Joni Ortio, 34 starts, 15-15-5, .901
- Reto Berra, 27 starts, 9-17-2, .897
- Joey MacDonald, 9 starts, 5-4-1, .890
- Niklas Backstrom, 3 starts, 2-2-0, .881
Compare the whole lot to the remainder of the league over that three-year period and they all rank in the bottom third. Captured in full grisly details here, this past season was especially awful.
The more you think about it, Elliott really was the shrewd choice for Treliving.
Seven years at $7 million for Bishop, if reports are accurate of what he wanted in an extension, would have been frightening term. His injury history would have been another worry.
Now the chronic playoff yips for Fleury will no longer be anyone's concern, nor will his concussion history.
Instead, the veteran known affectionately as 'Moose' makes for a very practical pick-up that at a $2.5 million cap hit this year is dirt cheap. Should he be extended 2-3 years as one would expect -- perhaps as soon as July 1 when such an extension can be proposed -- the salary increase shouldn't be that extreme. Plus that extra dough would kick in after several other big contracts come off the books after 2016-17 -- see Mason Raymond, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Smid, Deryk Engelland.
Meanwhile, Elliott will serve as the ideal bridge to Jon Gillies and should the Flames top prospect be ready sooner than expected, that's a 'good news' scenario that you deal with it at that time.
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