'No bad feelings' for Elliott

AEDAN HELMER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

OTTAWA - When he was run out of town last year, it’s safe to say that Brian Elliott didn’t expect that the next time he’d sit in his old locker room stall, he’d be doing so as an all-star.

But that’s exactly where he found himself after playing the third period of the all-star game — allowing six goals on 19 shots — and getting a warm reception from the Ottawa faithful in the process.

“I wasn’t really expecting anything and the fans were really nice and supportive, so it was fun just to be a part of it in familiar territory,” said Elliott, who was drafted by his former captain Daniel Alfredsson.

After being selected 291st overall in the real NHL draft back in 2003 — the second-last player chosen — and working his way through the Senators’ organization, Elliott was traded on Feb. 18, 2011 for Craig Anderson, then signed with the St. Louis Blues in the offseason, where he’s become one of the NHL’s top netminders — and biggest surprises.

“It’s a little weird coming back here, but it’s fun, and we’ll be back (Feb. 7, when the Senators host the Blues) with different things on our minds,” said Elliott.

Elliott said he doesn’t hold a grudge against the team that gave up on him.

“I don’t have any vendetta, it’s just about trying to be the best player I can be and helping the guys that I play for,” Elliott said.

“There’s no bad feelings around it at all.”


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