from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
In the spirit of the holiday break, we bring you a six-pack of players who have been surprises for their respective teams this season:
Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
Has there been a more dramatic turnaround in the league this year?
Elliott, 26, was unwanted in Ottawa last season and shipped to Colorado, where the Avalanche didn’t retain his services either after a year in which he posted awful numbers, albeit for a pair of doormat clubs.
Hat in hand, the native of Newmarket, Ont., accepted a two-way contract with the Blues with the only promise that he could battle young Ben Bishop in camp for the right to back up Jaroslav Halak.
And Elliott signed the exact same deal as Bishop—$600,000 NHL salary, $105,000 AHL salary.