Former Sens scapegoat Elliott in starring role
Bruce Garrioch, QMI Agency
|St Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott makes a glove save during NHL hockey action on October 28, 2011 between the St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary. (JIM WELLS/QMI AGENCY)
NEW YORK — Brian Elliott took plenty of blame for the Senators’ goaltending woes last season.
And now he will return to Ottawa — as an all-star.
Dealt to the Colorado for Craig Anderson, Elliott was one of the 36 players added Thursday to the NHL roster for all-star weekend.
Elliott, 26, signed to a two-way deal by the Blues in the off-season, was one of five goalies selected — with Jimmy Howard, Henrik Lundqvist, Carey Price and Jonathan Quick.
Selected 291st overall by the Senators in the 2003 draft, Elliott spent five seasons in the organization.
He’s had a brilliant first half. He went into Thursday night’s action with a 15-5-0 record — ranked second in the NHL with a 1.62 goals-against average and a .940 save percentage. He had allowed the few goals (33) for netminders with 20 or more starts.
“Brian has been a key player for this team and he deserves this honour,” said Blues GM Doug Armstrong. “He’s a true professional and the St. Louis Blues are proud to have him represent the organization.”
After four players — Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Spezza, Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek — were voted in by the fans, there were no more Senators added Thursday, but winger Colin Greening was named one of the NHL’s Youngstars.
Philadelphia Flyers centre Claude Giroux, who makes his home in the Ottawa area, was added to the all-star roster, along with Maple Leafs forwards Joffrey Lupul and Phil Kessel. Former Ottawa defenceman Zdeno Chara of the Bruins ia also in.
Former 67’s defenceman Brian Campbell of the Florida was named, along with former Ottawa winger Marian Hossa of Chicago.
“This one probably is the best for myself,” said Campbell, who will suit up for his fourth all-star game. “I feel like I’ve put a lot of work in, I feel like I’ve been written off a little bit sometimes by some people.
“This one means the most (because) I love the situation I’m in right now, I love where I’m playing. And it’s in Ottawa where I played my junior.”
Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom and Anaheim winger Teemu Selanne asked to be left off the roster, according to Rob Blake of the hockey operations department.
Washington winger Alex Ovechkin, who put on quite a show during the 2009 skills competition in Montreal, said he’s happy to going back north of the border.
“It’s a great show,” said Ovechkin. “It’s going to again be in Canada and everybody knows Canada is crazy about hockey and everybody is going to be excited over there."
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks
- Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins
- Jason Pominville, Buffalo Sabres
- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
- Marian Hossa, Chicago Blackhawks
- Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
- Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
- Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
- Mikko Koivu, Minnesota Wild
- John Tavares, New York Islanders
- Marian Gaborik, New York Rangers
- Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers
- Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
- Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks
- Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
- Phil Kessel, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Joffrey Lupul, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
- Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
- Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
- Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
- Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
- Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators
- Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
- Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers
- Ryan Suter, Nashville Predators
- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators
- Dan Girardi, New York Rangers
- Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
- Keith Yandle, Phoenix Coyotes
- Alex Edler, Vancouver Canucks
- Dennis Wideman, Washington Capitals
- Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg Jets
- Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators
- Dion Phaenuf, Toronto Maple Leafs
- Jimmy Howard, Detroit Red Wings
- Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings
- Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens
- Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
- Brian Elliott, St. Louis Blues
- Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins
- Luke Adam, Buffalo Sabres
- Justin Faulk, Carolina Hurricanes
- Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado Avalanche
- Ryan Johansen, Columbus Blue Jackets
- Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Edmonton Oilers
- Craig Smith, Nashville Predators
- Adam Henrique, New Jersey Devils
- Adam Larsson, New Jersey Devils
- Colin Greening, Ottawa Senators
- Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers
- Matt Read, Philadelphia Flyers
- Cody Hodgson, Vancouver Canucks