The most notable of the three players not to receive an offer was 24-year-old defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who was acquired from the Florida Panthers in February when injuries struck the Kings' defense corps. Ellerby, the 10th player taken in the 2007 NHL Draft, had three assists and was plus-5 in 35 games.
The Kings could re-sign him when free agency begins Friday.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie