Blues trade Brian Elliott to Calgary Flames

Watch as Gary Bettman announces that Brian Elliott has been traded to the Calgary Flames.

The Calgary Flames came to Buffalo intent on landing a starting goaltender and secured one during the draft Friday night.

The Flames acquired Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a second-round draft pick (35th overall) in 2018 and a conditional third-rounder.

Elliott is entering the final year of his current contract, which carries a modest $2.5-million salary cap hit, in 2016-17.

If the Newmarket, Ont., native re-signs in Calgary, St. Louis will also receive a third-round draft pick in 2018 from the Flames.

Elliott, 31, finished 2015-16 with an NHL-best .930 save percentage, a fantastic 23-8-6 record and four shutouts. He followed up with an excellent post-season, backstopping St. Louis to the Western Conference final.

St. Louis had been rolling with a tandem of Elliott and Jake Allen. The younger Allen is also scheduled to become a free agent (restricted) in the summer of 2017, and it was unlikely the Blues could afford to keep both netminders beyond that point.

Reports of the Flames inquiring about a number of veteran goaltenders — Marc-Andre Fleury, Jimmy Howard, Ben Bishop — flew around this week as GM Brad Treliving hunted for a new No. 1.

The Flames ranked last in goals against in 2015-16 and allowed both Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo to leave after their contracts expired.

 

Acquire:
  • Brian Elliott
Acquire:
  • 2016 2nd-round draft pick (35th overall)
  • 2018 3rd-round draft pick (conditional)
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