After an Embarrassing Sweep, Flames Eyeing New Netminder to Replace Brian Elliott

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 04/25/17 02:25PM EDT

Brian Elliott's tenure as the Calgary Flames' starting netminder may be over after they were eliminated from the 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. The Flames suffered an embarrassing 4-0 sweep to the Anaheim Ducks in their Western Conference showdown.

Elliott's goal-against average rose to 3.89 in the postseason, after averaging just 2.55 in 49 games in the regular season. His save percentage also dipped to .880 from .910 in the playoffs.

Lyle Richardson of The Hockey News said the Flames may move on from Elliott in the offseason. Elliott was acquired by the Fames from the St. Louis Blues last June to beef up their defense between the pipes. Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun reported that backup goalie Chad Johnston could return to the Flames.

Eric Francis of reported that the Flames might chase Los Angeles Kings netminder Ben Bishop in the offseason. The Flames were close to acquiring Bishop last June but they opted for Elliott.

The Flames given permission by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman to discuss a possible contract extension for the 6-foot-7 Vezina Trophy finalist with an eye on a possible trade. However, while Bishop was in the midst of calling everyone he knew who played in Calgary as reference checks, he saw news Elliott was traded while watching the draft.

Bishop was coming off a two-year deal worth an annual average value of over $5.9 million. He could seek a long-term deal worth $7 million per season but his past injury woes may affect his value.

Last season, Bishop went 35-21-4 with a 2.06 goals-against average, a .926 save percentage and six shutouts and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season. He was tied for fourth in the League in wins and tied for second in shutouts.

The Flames could also opt for cheaper netminders, including Steve Mason of the Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Darling of the Chicago Blackhawks and Mike Condon of the Ottawa Senators, or try the trade market.

The Flames may lure veteran Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins once playoffs end. The 32-year-old Fleury has a modified no-trade clause and must agree to the move.

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