In need of a goalie, Cap­i­tals add El­lis

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS -

Fill­ing the goal­tend­ing void cre­ated by the T.J. Oshie deal, the Washington Cap­i­tals signed vet­eran Dan El­lis to a one-year, two-way deal Satur­day morn­ing, pre­sum­ably to serve in the Amer­i­can Hockey League with the Her­shey Bears.

El­lis, 35, ap­peared in eight games with the Florida Pan­thers last sea­son. In join­ing the sev­enth or­ga­ni­za­tion of his ca­reer, El­lis is ex­pected to com­pete for starter’s min­utes in the mi­nor leagues, against which­ever net­min­der loses the backup com­pe­ti­tion in Washington.

With the Cap­i­tals, El­lis re­unites with Coach Barry Trotz and goal­tend­ing coach Mitch Korn, for whom he played 110 games at the start of his ca­reer, in­clud­ing an NHL-lead­ing .924 save per­cent­age in 2007-08, his rookie year. He posted a 2.71 goals against av­er­age and .904 save per­cent­age over 37 games for the San An­to­nio Rampage in 2014-15.

The con­trac­tual terms of El­lis’s deal were not im­me­di­ately known, but it is be­lieved he signed for around the NHL min­i­mum of $575,000. Once prospect Pheonix Co­p­ley de­parted as part of the pack­age to ac­quire Oshie from the St. Louis Blues—“the deal­breaker,” as one source de­scribed him— the Cap­i­tals scram­bled to patch their hole in Her­shey.

— Tracee Hamil­ton

The Nashville Preda­tors signed free agent for­ward Cody

Bass to a one-year, two-way con­tract.

Un­der terms of the deal, Bass’s con­tract will be worth $575,000 when he’s in the NHL and $125,000 when he’s in the AHL.


Aus­tralian Bernard Tomic was sus­pended from this month’s Davis Cup quar­ter­fi­nal against Kaza­khstan for his ver­bal at­tack on Ten­nis Aus­tralia of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing

Pat Rafter and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Craig Ti­ley.

Aus­tralian As­so­ci­ated Press re­ported from Wim­ble­don that Ten­nis Aus­tralia Pres­i­dent

Steve Healy said Tomic’s dis­re­spect­ful post-match com­ments fol­low­ing his thir­dround loss Fri­day ef­fec­tively ruled him out of con­tention.

Healy said “his be­hav­ior was un­ac­cept­able. . . . Play­ing for our coun­try is an ab­so­lute priv­i­lege, and with that priv­i­lege comes an obli­ga­tion to be­have ap­pro­pri­ately. He didn’t.”

Tomic’s com­ments in­cluded ac­cus­ing the gov­ern­ing body of aban­don­ing him af­ter he un­der­went hip surgery last year and that for­mer player Rafter, Ten­nis Aus­tralia’s di­rec­tor of player per­for­mance, had no idea how to con­trol the bud­get for player fund­ing.


The Lak­ers are fi­nal­iz­ing de­tails to ac­quire In­di­ana Pac­ers cen­ter Roy Hib­bert, a mid­dle-tier op­tion af­ter the team struck out on a slew of big­name free agents this week.

Hib­bert (Georgetown Prep) gives them a post player with le­git­i­mate NBA ex­pe­ri­ence but he is com­ing off a poor sea­son.

The Lak­ers will give up at least one fu­ture sec­ond-round pick and per­haps some play­ers no longer on their ros­ter. . . .

Peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the ne­go­ti­a­tions said the New Or­leans Pel­i­cans and for­ward

Dante Cun­ning­ham (Po­tomac, Md., High) agreed on a three­year con­tract ex­ten­sion worth about $9 mil­lion.

The peo­ple spoke to the AP on the con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the free agent con­tract, which can­not of­fi­cially be signed un­til July 9, has not been an­nounced.

The Pel­i­cans first signed the 6-foot-8 Cun­ning­ham as a free agent in De­cem­ber. He played in 66 reg­u­lar sea­son games, start­ing 27, and av­er­aged 5.2 points and 3.9 re­bounds in 25 min­utes. . . .

A per­son with knowl­edge of the de­tails said To­bias Harris agreed to sign a new­con­tract to re­main with the Or­lando Magic. The per­son said the deal for Harris is for four years and $64 mil­lion.

The 22-year-old for­ward com­pleted his fourth NBA sea­son and sec­ond full year in Or­lando af­ter com­ing over in a trade with Mil­wau­kee in 2013. He av­er­aged a ca­reer-high 17.1 points last sea­son while also shoot­ing a ca­reer-best 36 per­cent from the three-point line. The move keeps in­tact a young Magic team that fea­tures eight play­ers un­der age 25.


The Caps signed Dan El­lis, seen here in 2013, to a one-year, twoway deal, pre­sum­ably to play for their top mi­nor league team.

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