In need of a goalie, Capitals add Ellis
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.