And Another Two Gone.
First, Ruutu. This is a great trade, not because I expect all that much from a 6th, but a 6th is better than nothing, and Ruutu, in going forward, was a nothing asset.
Elliott. This one certainly surprised me, but only because I really didn’t put much thought into goaltending in the face of the other names/positions involved.
I believe this was an absolutely fantastic deal for Ottawa and Elliott. Ottawa netted a legitimate #1 goaltender, who has had some injury related struggles this season, in return for a shattered back-up. This one is a clear improvement for the Senators as it provides them with an opportunity to try out Anderson and get an early start on landing a goaltender for next season.
As for Elliott, man, I really feel for this kid. He has been thrust into a position he had virtually no chance to succeed in, and anyone who wants to claim otherwise is full of crap. Elliott is a very quality guy, and potentially high quality back-up with some longer term fill in potential.
Onwards and upwards.