Goaltender Ellis signs two-year deal with Lightning Staff

7/1/2010 3:33:41 PM

Dan Ellis' stay in Montreal didn't last too long.

The goaltender has signed a two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, just two days after being acquired by the Canadiens. The new deal is worth $1.5 million per year.

The Habs acquired the 30-year-old Ellis on Tuesday (along with forward Dustin Boyd and future considerations), sending Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations to the Nashville Predators.

Ellis had a .909 save percentage and 2.69 goals against average in 31 games last season with the Preds.

It was generally believed that Ellis was looking for a more prominent role between the pipes than he would have had behind Carey Price in Montreal. When the Habs acquired Alex Auld on Thursday, it basically guaranteed that Ellis would be on his way to another team, and he signed with the Lightning shortly after.