Posted 1:42 PM ET | Comments 2
(Not an actual OnStar call)
Barry Trotz: "Hey Dan...listen i know it's been weeks since you've started for us and you may be a bit rusty but I'd like to give you the nod to start tonight in Ottawa against the Senators. I don't know if you know this or not but the Sens are one of the best teams in hockey. They've actually lost four in a row so they are probably pretty ticked right now and looking to get out of their funk so I hope you're ready."
Dan Ellis: "Okay."
I know being a back up is about being ready to play at a moments notice and nobody expected Ellis to have as many starts as he does now or the stats he does but this is going to be a tough start for Ellis. This Sens team is going to come out flying and throwing everything they've got at us to try to end their four game slide. Ellis will be tested and tested often.
What I do like about this start though is that early in the year the Preds seemed to play a little tighter D when Ellis was in net. This might be exactly what Trotz is thinking. Give Ellis the start and make the guys on D think a bit more than they have been with Chris Mason back there. The truth is Ellis needed to get some work and this might be the perfect night for it.
Preds Sale Update: The sale of the Preds is on the official agenda of the BOG meeting in Pebble Beach today. The meeting will start around 5:30 central and the Preds are rumored to be one of the first items on the agenda. Let's hope this formality doesn't turn into anything else!
Shea Weber: After reading my post yesterday a friend asked me 'you really like this Shea Weber guy huh?' I couldn't contain myself as I gushed about how good he is and how great I think he will be. At our office we sometimes joke about having 'man crushes' on people. It's early but I may be developing a man crush on Shea Weber! Don't worry Julie you are still my number one!