Entries with the tag: dan ellis
Omaha, Utah, Idaho and Iowa are hardly considered hockey hotbeds, but they’ve all been important stepping stones for Nashville’s #1 goalie, Dan Ellis. He discusses the long road that saw him finally become an NHL regular at the age of 27, and just how far things have come over the last few years in a blog over at the Hockey News:
When Mike Smith and I were with Dallas, the Stars talked a lot about how one of us was going to stay up and one was going to be sent down, that we were going to rotate and both get a lot of experience. Smith and I had a great competition. We were great friends – and still are; we still keep in touch – and now it’s neat for both of us to look at our new situations. Before, we were competing to be a No. 2 and a No. 3 guy; now, we’re both No. 1s with different teams in different cities.
As the NHL prepares to raise the curtain “for real” here in North America tonight, Predators fans have a number of questions upon which their team’s fortunes will turn in 2008-9. Once again the assembled media pundits are calling for Nashville to miss the playoffs, citing a lack of offensive talent and questions about goaltending. With all that negative press, the Predators should have no trouble building an “us against the world” mentality in the locker room.
So what are the keys to Nashville’s hopes this year?
Last year at this time, Dan Ellis was attending the Nashville Predators training camp just hoping to land a steady gig, most likely in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. By the end of the season, however, he was the toast of Music City, leading the team on an improbable drive into the playoffs, posting the NHL’s longest shutout streak and highest total save percentage along the way. So what does Ellis have in store for this season? He now comes to camp as the #1 goalie, with a two-year contract and a shot at stardom with a team that expects to improve.