CALGARY, AB -- Goaltender Brian Elliott is looking forward to coming to Calgary.
Both the city and the hockey club.
And Elliott, acquired by the Calgary Flames from the St. Louis Blues on June 24 in exchange for a second round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft and a conditional third round pick in 2018, can’t wait to get started.
“As a city I’ve only heard good things about living here,” Elliott said. “I love country music. I love the Western atmosphere and attitude. When you get off the plane here you’ve got people in cowboy hats welcoming you. It’s different. People are asking you where you want to go. It’s a little different attitude. It’s great to be back in Canada.
“As a team, I’m excited to join this young group of guys on their way up. There’s so much skill and so much talent. It’s good to be a part of that. For myself, you just want to stop what you can and a couple that you shouldn’t have and let the guys play up front. I’ve seen what those guys can do. It’s a good sign.”
With the Blues, Elliott has seen first hand the product he’s joining on the ice.
He and wife Amanda, who are expecting their first child in October, are getting more familiar with the life they’ll share off it.
“This is new for us, but everybody here has been really great about everything, helping us out, finding the right doctors, finding a house,” Elliott said. “That transition hasn’t been too bad. I think we’re happy with the change. My wife…she was more on board than even I was just to make a change and see a new city. It’s something that’s exciting. Not a lot of jobs allow you to just up and move and live in a new city and have a team take care of everything for you that needs to happen. The relocation thing is only a good thing for us.”
Elliott, who posted a 23-8-2 record with a 2.07 goals against average and .930 save percentage in 41 games with the Blues last season, will have a full opportunity to backstop the Flames as a full-time starter come 2016-17, in front of the ‘C of Red’ no less.
He’s more than aware of it.
He hopes to help his new team bring it to life with more regularity, too.
“You come in and everybody’s wearing red and everybody is on that same page,” Elliott said. “You know it’s a tough building to play in when you come in. The last couple of years, no matter what the score is they haven’t given up. They’ve had those comebacks. It’s a young team. Sometimes that helps. They don’t care if they’re down and out. They can come back and score four goals in the third period to tie it up.
“I’m just excited to hopefully help level off that and make it more consistent that we can, from start to the finish of a game, become one of the toughest teams to play against.
“I’m looking forward to getting here and joining this team.”