Sergei K dealt to Nashville

Goaltender Dan Ellis has seen all kinds of skaters up close during his career.
Todd Karol, Reuters

• TSN’s Bob McKenzie wonders: Could Price and Ellis co-exist in Montreal?

The Canadiens have traded Sergei Kostitsyn to the Nashville Predators for forward Dustin Boyd, goaltender Dan Ellis and future considerations. The deal also includes future considerations for the Predators.

Ellis, who turned 30 last week, played in 31 games last season, posting a 15-13-1 record. His GAA was 2.69, with a save percentage of 90.9. His career numbers are 2.64 and 91.2.

Ellis’s cap hit was $1.8 million last season, and Ellis can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Via Twitter, Ellis had this to say: “Very excited about the trade! Its an honor to be part of a team with such great tradition and passion! Hope we can figure something out!”

Boyd, a 6-foot centre who will be 24 next month, split last season between the Predators and Calgary Flames. He collected 11 goals, including three game-winners, and 13 assists in 78 games. He was plus-6 while averaging 12:13 ToI. Boyd, whose cap hit was $700,000, is an RFA who did not get a qualifying offer, which makes him a UFA is he’s not signed by Thursday.

Kostitsyn quickly fell out of favour with head coach Jacques Martin last season and split the season between Montreal and the Hamilton Bulldogs. He had seven goals and 11 assists in 47 games with the Canadiens.

As Arpon
points out, the Canadiens have found a back-up and mentor for
Carey Price – if Ellis signs – and a fourth-line centre who’s younger,
cheaper, tougher and faster than Glen Metropolit.

And the team has
purged itself of the malignancy that is SK74 – safely dispatched to
the Western Conference, just in case he ever turns into the player he
thinks he is. Over/under on visits to the Grand Ole Opry before he’s barred: 2.

The deal ends popular speculation that the Canadiens would happily trade Sergei Kostitsyn for a dog – and shoot the dog.

Subtle bonus if something works out with Ellis: a non-francophone backup – as opposed to, say, Martin Biron – means the usual suspects won’t be whining for a homeboy Number One every time Price lets in a bad goal.

Pierre Gauthier, Man of Action … and still two
sleeps till FA Day.

Shout-out to Jarred Friedman for finding a good Dan Ellis interview


The authoritative McKeen’s Hockey Guide on Boyd:

“A slick,
industrious playmaker with good poise and vision … agile skater,
generates deceptive quickness from bentover stride, though could use a
stronger top gear … makes sharp cuts/spins with the puck and possesses
a nice wide stickhandling range … not overly tall yet can still
separate bigger opponents from the puck thanks to solid balance and
lower-body strength …getting stronger on the puck and more effective
in traffic will allow him to better exploit a good shot and sharp
finishing touch … has steadily improved his defensive reads and
positioning …”


  1. FormalWare says:

    You’d think anyone with a big THING could get Lotsa cheerleaders! Even if it Is orange…

  2. Fansincebirth says:

    Thanks SD…good dog :o)

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  3. jennifer1984 says:

    seriously, the Hamilton Bulldogs have dancers, and its total crap. they arent even good looking and they dont dance well. they are out of synch and its horrible. i usually sit behind the benches so end up getting up and dancing infront of them like an idiot.

    go back to basketball, or football or whatever. but stay the HELL away from hockey!

  4. nightmare_49 says:

    CB12 – Proof: Nashville Predators let Denis Grebeshkov, Dustin Boyd walk …………….

  5. andrewberkshire says:

    Agreed 100%

  6. andrewberkshire says:

    Let’s hope!

  7. habstrinifan says:


  8. habstrinifan says:

    And there’s ‘future considerations’ for both sides as part of the deal. It may be that if Habs sign them both the deal is sweetened in Nahville’s favour and if we dont it is sweetened in Hab’s favour. Just looking at the deal the way it was reported… and not knowing what else has transpired… this is an astute deal by Gauthier.

  9. HardHabits says:

    Here, here!!

  10. TomNickle says:

    See!  We can unite in song when the team improves due to the work that our management team is doing.


  11. The Cat says:

    I think he will, he’ll likely see this as a good opportunity for him ( a bigger load than the avg backup would get)

  12. sh00n says:

    Thanks, Captain Obvious. None of us knew that.

  13. andrewberkshire says:

    Of all the goalies on the market, he was the guy I wanted. But we’ll need him to sign for less money than he wants.

  14. CBrady12 says:

    they didnt

  15. The Cat says:

    Agreed. Plus Ive always been a fan of Dan Ellis.

  16. 24 Cups says:

    If Nashville qualified him, he’s still a RFA.

  17. andrewberkshire says:

    We have the Molson Ex girls, and that’s enough. Hockey isn’t a cheerleader sport. Only crap hockey markets like Carolina need them.

  18. SmartDog says:

    They get exclusive rights to deal with these guys until Thursday. But having not TALKED to them yet, who knows if these guys are even interested in being here.  Ellis because he’s UFA has no obligation whatsoever to sign in Mtl, whereas Boyd can be extended an offer if PG wants to and be bound by it (within the RFA rules) and is pretty much ‘if we want him we got him’.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  19. TripleX says:

    Until we know what Price is getting, exactly what cap space is left is up in the air.  One thing is for sure, Ellis will have to take a BIG pay cut.


    “Good judgement comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgement.”

  20. andrewberkshire says:

    I have to say, considering how hard Sergei has tried to completely ruin his trade value over the last calender year, this is a great trade. We may not sign ellis, but Boyd puts up similar numbers to Sergei anyway. I didn’t think we’d get anything more than a 4th rounder.

  21. Jon Hackett says:

    I’m guessing it’s a conditional pick if we don’t sign one or either of them

  22. CBrady12 says:

    I dunno, im pretty sure Boyd is a UFA now

  23. SmartDog says:

    You knew Sergei was gone when that article came out last week.

    So at least that’s done with, and it had to be. 

    Wonder if ‘Future Considerations’ could include any cheerleaders in the deal?  Why doesn’t Montreal have cheerleaders?  Ours would be the hottest.  What do we have?  A big orange THING.  Not quite the same.  I bet more free agents would want to play here if they went up St. Laurent BLVD and turned some of the waitresses into Cheerleaders.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  24. Fansincebirth says:

    Could someone wiser please explain this to me….

    From TSN “Ellis is unrestricted while Boyd is restricted.  It is unknown if the
    Canadiens plan on signing either player.”

    “Without the strength of the past, the team may face a choice – to win, or to be French-Canadian?” — Ken Dryden

  25. Storm Man says:

    You will like Dustin Boyd and the way he brings it to the ice.

  26. rogus says:

    Got to agree about PG. Wish BG was more agressive in his day…

  27. TomNickle says:

    24 year old 6 foot forward.

    Very physical.

    Excellent player in junior and in the WJHC.

    Has a lot of scoring potential and was very highly touted in Calgary before falling out of favour.

    He’s big, fairly nasty and has a scoring touch.

    Untapped NHL potential.

  28. Chuck says:

    We didn’t get Ellis; only his negotiating rights.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  29. HardHabits says:

    I am going to go out on a limb here Tom and agree with you. Heck if you were at the table I’d high 5 you right now.

  30. SmartDog says:

    an excellent breifing!   I’d put you on my staff… if i had a staff.

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  31. RGM says:

    And everybody smiled….hopefully Andrei’s next!

    Scotty Bowman said it best: “Don’t trade Carey Price.”

  32. c.robillard says:

    One word.



  33. SmartDog says:

    2 BJ’s and a rub-down

    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  34. Chuck says:

    Ellis is UFA. Last season he made $2 million; his cap number was $1.75 million.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  35. Castor says:

    I think this means goodbye to Moore….we have too many centers.

  36. TiltyMcTilt says:

    Don’t bow to Gauthier yet!

    Apparently, Boyd is a UFA now because he was not given a qualifying offer by yesterdays deadline.

    This explains why there were “futures” from Montreal and Nashville.

  37. CBrady12 says:

    Actually boys, Boyd is a UFA now because he did not receive a qualifying offer

  38. _Habsoloutly_ says:

    good riddance.  have fun in Nashville SK!!  hahahahahaha

  39. SmartDog says:

    In Calgary was an engery guy.  Kind of a Steve Begin…


    Listen to the SmartDog. He knows his poop.

  40. 24 Cups says:

    Dan Ellis is a UFA so we only get his rights.  He’s 30 years old and is a 1A  type goalie.  He had a cap hit of 1.75M last year.  That’s a figure that we really can’t afford for a 2nd stringer.  Ellis is probably going to have to take a lot less.  He would be slightly more than a back-up as he would add some insurance just in case Price gets hurt.

    Boyd has now been traded twice in less than four months.  He is a RFA who made $650000 last year.  He’s 24 and came to Nashville from Calgary in return for a 4th rounder.  Plays centre and wing and will probably take Metro’s spot.  Hence, the Habs get younger.  Boyd could still develop and make this deal look good.  For now, he’s likely to be a bottom six forward or sub with limited upside.

    This is a good deal for Nashville as they need offense and only surrender a 4th round pick (indirectly) to gamble on a problem child who is only 22.

    THe Habs give up on another young player keeping in mind that he is very immature and acts as a complete A-hole.  This will either help his brother (in terms of not having a distraction around) or hasten his exit by the end of next year.

    All of the malcontents have now been purged.  G&G have now given Martin the team that he wants.

  41. gwebster says:

    any idea what the future considerations could be?

  42. jbroderi says:

    I assume Ellis is a UFA come july 1st, but this is a good deal for the habs, even just to rid themselves of SK.  i don’t care what he does in his future, but PG doesn’t fool around, which is good!!


    “I’ll take potent potables for 500, Alex” JB

  43. Chuck says:

    Another move that had to be done. The icing on the cake would be to be able to sign Ellis, and I’m sure that the Habs know what numbers it will take to get that done.

    Of course, there’s nothing to say that this move isn’t the precursor to flipping Ellis in another trade.


    Cheer for the crest on the front of the jersey, not the name on the back.

  44. kempie says:

    Looks like PG is on the right track. Is Ellis a RFA or something? I don’t understand what’s up with his contract. I can’t believe PG got this much for SK. So far, so good.

  45. punkster says:

    Who can’t like this deal? SK for the proverbial bag of pucks was what we expected. To actually get two guys who know how to skate is a bonus.


  46. Price_31 says:

    This is great!! Lock Ellis up.

  47. stephen says:

    Can anyone edify me on Dustin Boyd? I know the name, but not much about his game.

  48. SLONCOLD says:

    Meh got ride of a cancer really don’t now much about Boyd and Ellis would be a nice back up but depends on the salary

  49. sh00n says:

    Yep! And the best thing about it is: SIZE. Boyd has a big body and he throws it around to go with his scoring touch. Awesome move, I can’t get over the fact that PG pulled this off.

  50. Storm Man says:

    Dan Ellis on his twitter about the trade….. ‘ Pretty Cool’

  51. sh00n says:

    Yeah man, I love Boyd. I honestly would’ve traded Sergei for him straight up; getting Ellis back too!? Awesome work by PG, seriously.

  52. habstrinifan says:

    I am speechless kind of. One of the best looking moves by a habs GM in decades. WOW WOW WOW!


  53. rogus says:

    Watched Boyd play junior for Moose Jaw. I always thought he was a better player than Setoguchi, who played for my Blades. Awesome news for the Habs if this kid gets a shot he will be solid! NO ONE excels in Calgary…

  54. TomNickle says:

    Great trade if Ellis signs.

    Outstanding trade if Boyd becomes what he should become.

  55. puck face says:

    i’m really liking Gauthier , i never thought we would get anything for sergei , this is great.

  56. yathehabsrule says:

    Awesome! Gauthier went and got a solid veteran, and the one I picked to back up Price. Don’t  worry, he’ll be signed on.


    Ya! The Habs Rule! now on Twitter!

  57. Top Corner says:

    Fantastic ! ! 



  58. Harani says:

    This is UNREAL!!!!! Loving this trade for the Habs! Not bitching people…this is good news! 

    “I gotta feeling…that tonight’s gonna be a good night!”

  59. sh00n says:

    INCREDIBLE deal by Gauthier, wow. Ellis is our back up if we re-sign him and Boyd is a kid who never should’ve been traded by Calgary, let alone Nashville too. I love this kid’s game, I was always hoping we’d find a way to nab him.

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