This doesn't just surprise me, ti boggles my mind a bit. McElhinney is an unrestricted free agent after the season with a 6-9-1 record this season. He's got a 3.43 GAA and a .890 save percentage...
That save percentage is equal to Dan Ellis' own save percentage. While Ellis has a 2.93 GAA.
This amounts to shuffling deck chairs. And it leaves me scratching my head. Does this mean the Lightning have another deal int eh works and needed the extra money? As Chad Schnarr asked on Twitter, is this a precursor to something bigger? Or is it simply the belief by the team that Curtis' has better potential than he's proven?
Official press release is below the jump.
LIGHTNING ACQUIRE G CURTIS McELHINNEY FROM ANAHEIM
Bolts Send G Dan Ellis to Ducks
TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired goaltender Curtis McElhinney from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for goaltender Dan Ellis today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.
McElhinney, 6-foot-2, 197 pounds, has played in 21 games with the Ducks this season, posting a 6-9-1 record with a 3.43 goals-against average and a .890 save percentage. He also has two shutouts. McElhinney has set career-highs this season for games played and wins. He recorded his first career shutout on November 10 against the New York Islanders.
A native of Calgary, Alberta, McElhinney has played in 60 career NHL games with the Ducks and Calgary Flames, notching a 15-22-4 record with a 3.21 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage. He has also appeared in 131 American Hockey League games, posting a 64-49-5 record with 13 shutouts and a 2.27 goals-against average.
McElhinney, selected by Calgary in the sixth round, 176th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, played four seasons at Colorado College of the WCHA before turning pro. With the Tigers he registered a 62-16-8 record with a 2.32 goals-against average in 91 games.