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Elliott has shooters seeing red

Flames goaltender Brian Elliott hit the ice Friday sporting bright red blocker, catcher and pads

by Aaron Vickers @AAVickers /

CALGARY, AB -- Brian Elliott expects his new CCM setup will leave opposing shooters seeing red. 


And, he hopes, figuratively.

After sporting a solid blue Bauer setup as a member of the St. Louis Blues, the 31-year-old opted to go to a similar route for his Calgary Flames setup this season.

"You think about it all the time," Elliott said.

"I felt good in the solid colour and I just wanted to keep it going."

It seemed to work, after all.

Elliott went 23-8-2 with a 2.07 goals against average and a .930 save percentage last year in a season that saw him switch to his Curtis Joseph-esque setup midseason, and saw no reason why red couldn't be his colour of choice for 2016-17. 

Look good.

Feel good.

Play good.

"I like the way it looks," Elliott said. "You see it in pictures and video and you like the way it looks. You talk to guys and when they look up and see a solid brick wall it throws them off a little bit.

"When they miss the net it's basically a save for you."

On the flipside, Elliott isn't about to be left seeing red either.

The competitive puck stopper isn't going to have any problem launching pucks the other way in practice if the red pads should happen to falter and he has to fish one out of the net.

But he's not planning to return every puck that's bested him.

"It's not every time I'll shoot it at them," Elliott said. "If it's a good shot, it's a good shot.

"Sometimes if they're being a drill wrecker or if it's a muffin and I miss their shot and it goes in, I'll try to hit them in the butt to let them know I'll get them next time. I'm a competitive guy. You don't' want anything to beat you, especially in practice with the guys. They're trying to beat you every time too and skate away with a smile on their face.

"That's the fun of being a goalie. You get to ruin those smiles most of the time."

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