Trotz: “Yeah, just on the thought on that was Hershey was busing up to Portland, and so we felt that just in case one of our goalies went down for any reason that we’d have a third one in here. Plan would be for Dan to just fly up, he was happy with that other than going 10 hours on a bus, so made total sense for us to do that. He’ll probably be the starter in Portland the next day. That was just the thought process, they were travelling through anyways.”
“He’ll probably be the starter in Portland.” This caught my ears. When the Bears had their first practice in the postseason I asked the Bears radio voice, Scott Stuccio, who the starter would be, via the CFR twitter, and he said, “Will be announced day of game one.”
Something to keep in mind is that it was Barry Trotz, and not Troy Mann (the Bears head coach) who said this. Another thing to keep in mind is that Trotz used the word “probably”. At this point of the year — whether it is the NHL, AHL, or ECHL — most coaches do not give out that much detail. This is all speculation from Trotz using the word “probably”.
Ellis played well with Hershey this season. He was signed by the Caps this off-season to a one year contract to most likely be with Justin Peters in the AHL this season while Vitek Vanecek develops in South Carolina.
Ellis went 25-12-2 with a 2.38 GAA and a .908 SV% and was the main man down the stretch, backstopping the Bears to the Atlantic Division title. If it is Dan Ellis to start game 1, I would not be totally surprised as I believe he gives them the best chance to win.