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Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd to Montreal for S. Kostitsyn

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday that the team acquired forward Dustin Boyd, goaltender Dan Ellis and future considerations from the Nashville Predators in return for forward Sergei Kostitsyn and future considerations.

Boyd, 23, split the past season between the Calgary Flames and the Predators playing a combined total of 78 games, recording 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) and a plus-6 differential while averaging 12:13 of ice time. Boyd registered 112 shots on the opposing goal and tallied three game-winning goals.

A gold medalist with Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championships, the 6-foot, 187-pound center completed his fourth NHL season in 2009-10. Since he first joined the NHL in 2006-07, Boyd has amassed a total of 62 regular season points (31 goals and 31 assists) in 210 regular season games, including eight game-winning tallies and 240 shots on goal. Boyd also added one goal in nine playoff match-ups.

A native of Winnipeg, Boyd was selected in the third round, 98th overall, by the Calgary Flames at the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He was dealt to the Nashville Predators on March 3, 2010.

Ellis, 30, completed his fourth NHL season in 2009-10, registering 15 wins, 13 losses and one overtime loss in 31 games played. He also posted a shutout and maintained a 2.69 goals-against average to go with a .909 save percentage.

Since 2003-04, Ellis has a record of 50 wins, including 10 shutouts, in 111 NHL regular season games. The 6-foot, 193-pound netminder has a career goals against average of 2.64 and a .912 save percentage in the NHL. Ellis also led all NHL goaltenders in 2007-08 with a .924 save percentage.

Born in Orangeville, ON, Ellis was selected in the second round, 60th overall, by the Dallas Stars in 2000. The netminder signed as a free agent with the Nashville Predators on July 5, 2007.

Sergei Kostitsyn played 47 games with the Canadiens in 2009-10, recording 18 points (7 goals and 11 assists) and a plus-4 differential with an average ice time per game of 14:09.

Since he first joined the NHL, Kostitsyn has amassed 68 points (24 goals and 44 assists), served 123 penalty minutes and maintained a plus-10 differential in 155 NHL regular season games with the Canadiens.

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