Dan Ellis is currently does not have a contract for next season, but after an article that was featured on the Hurricanes’ website detailing how Ellis and Justin Peters will compete for the backup role, it looks like Ellis will be back next year.
In the story, quotes from GM Jim Rutherford said he believes Cam Ward and Ellis was a “good one-two punch” and “was working very well.” Ellis was also quoted saying that he enjoyed his time in Carolina and “would like to stick with one team for a little bit.”
Nothing is official yet, but holding onto the Canadian goalie would be a smart move for the Canes. He has proven that he can be a reliable backup, which is something the Hurricanes have lacked for a long time. Coming off of his knee injury, Ward may need to rest more next season, which is something Ellis can do better than Peters.
Peters has had a tough time in his early career in a backup role. He is much better starting five games in a row rather than sitting on a bench for two weeks and then starting a game. But this is something that Ellis has excelled in over the last few seasons and it makes sense for the Canes to re-sign him.
If Ellis is re-signed and earns the backup spot over Peters, it would also allow the Hurricanes to shop Peters, which would open some cap space and possibly return an asset.
The most Ellis will make will be about $1 million, which would be a reasonable cap hit for a veteran backup, especially for a cap-strapped team.