Former Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Dan Ellis has agreed to terms with the Dallas Stars, signing a two-year contract with the team. Terms of the contract have not yet been officially disclosed, but when those details arise, we will update the post. He will serve as Kari Lehtonen's backup.
Ellis has played 184 games in the NHL, and sports a 78-65-17 career record to complement his career averages of a 2.73 goals against average, and a .908 save percentage.
Ellis should be a familiar name to Stars fans, as he was originally a Stars draft pick, drafted 60th overall in the second round of the 2000 NHL draft. He made his NHL debut against the Los Angeles Kings on February 18, 2004, stopping 25 of 28 shots to help the Stars win 4-3 at Staples Center. As a matter of fact, that's the only time he's suited up for the Stars.
Last year, Ellis played 19 games for the Hurricanes, going 6-8-2 with a .906 save percentage and a 3.13 goals against average. He backed up Cam Ward last season, and took over for him the rest of the year when Ward got injured on March 3, 2013 against the Florida Panthers.
Here is the official press release from the team.
FRISCO, Texas - Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed free agent goaltender Dan Ellis to a two-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ellis, 33, posted a 6-8-2 record with Carolina in 19 games played, recording a .906 save percentage, a 3.13 goals against average and one shutout. He also appeared in 18 games with Charlotte of the American Hockey League, where he had an 8-7-2 record with a 2.46 goals against average, a .922 save percentage and two shutouts.
The six-year NHL veteran has appeared in 184 career regular season games for Dallas, Nashville, Tampa Bay, Anaheim and Carolina. He has a career record of 78-65-17 with 13 shutouts, a .908 save percentage and a 2.73 goals against average.
"Dan is a proven goaltender in this League and he will be a great complement to Kari Lehtonen," stated Nill. "He's a true professional that will compete hard each and every day."
The six-foot-one, 191-pound native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan was originally selected by Dallas in the second round (60th overall) of the 2000 NHL Draft.