Next up on the UFA Preview series is Dan Ellis of the Carolina Hurricanes. Once July 5 rolls around, if he is not re-signed by his current team, he is open to conversing and signing with any team in the league.
Dan Ellis | G
6'1 | 191lbs
6/19/80; Age: 33
Signed in 2008: 2-years, $3.5 million; $1.75 million cap hit
Signed in 2010: 2-years, $3 million; $1.5 million cap hit
Signed in 2012: 1-year, $650,000; $800,000 cap hit
Projected Earnings Next Season: $700,000 - $900,000
Bringing Dan Ellis back to Nashville makes a lot of sense. Ellis is a capable back up and an upgrade from last season's Chris Mason. It is paramount that the Predators get a good back-up goaltender at a low price since Pekka Rinne is returning from hip surgery.
Last season, the 33-year old played in 19 games backing up Cam Ward. Ellis' stats weren't all that great however, but that was with the struggling Carolina Hurricanes defense. With the Predators', Ellis should see much more support.