Preds Signing Dan Ellis Doubtful

Source: Tennessean | Jun 18th 2008, 1:30pm EDT

Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile noted contract talks with Dan Ellis have made little progress lately. "If it gets to July 1st, I don't think it's realistic that Dan is coming back here," Poile said. Ellis, who lead the NHL in save percentage last season, is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st. Ellis earned 23 wins in his first full season in the NHL. Although he is most-likely entering his goaltending prime there are few suitors looking for unproven rookie #1 goalies; Ellis may end-up trying to break the backup role once again with another team.