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Sabres In Focus: Matt Ellis

Matt Ellis earned the least amount of money out of the entire Sabres team this past season, collecting $500,000. Despite being a fourth line starter, Ellis plays his hardest every single game. He is an average player who gives it his all when he is on the ice.

Ellis had played for Detroit and Los Angeles before the Sabres claimed him off of waivers on October 1st, 2008. This past season, Ellis played 72 games and scored three goals (one game winner) and 10 assists.

Ellis played three seasons for the Grand Rapid Griffins (Detroit Red Wings) in the American Hockey League. In the 2004-2005 season, Ellis scored four short-handed goals, matching a Grand Rapid Griffins record. The next year he had three short-handed goals, followed by five more the next year, earning him the nickname “shorty”.

The Grand Rapid Griffins also named Ellis captain for a couple of years, which gave him plenty of confidence. Ellis had to say this about becoming captain:

“It’s definitely a big factor. You can totally tell the difference when there’s a guy out there playing with confidence and when a guy’s unsure of himself. Being a fourth-year pro, it makes a huge difference. Each year, you come in with a little more confidence, and I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great players and coaches who were there to give me a pat on the back or help me out and keep me motivated.”

Ellis will be looking to sign a new contract this Summer, whether it’s with the Sabres or not is still a question. Depending on the moves the team makes this off season, Ellis won’t know immediately if and when he’ll play for the Sabres. Either way, Ellis is an incredibly cheap player who will compete every night.

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NHL Standings

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Atlantic Division Leaders:
7044-14-12100
7043-21-692
7036-25-981
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
6941-20-890
6941-21-789
6940-23-686
Wild Card leaders:
6838-25-581
7033-22-1581
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6835-23-1080
7037-28-579
6935-26-878
7131-31-971
6930-31-868
6928-29-1268
7125-34-1262
7117-49-539
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Central Division Leaders:
7142-19-1094
7042-20-892
6937-24-882
Pacific Division Leaders:
7139-24-886
7137-25-983
7036-27-779
Wild Card leaders:
7137-28-680
6935-26-878
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6936-27-678
6935-27-777
7033-29-874
7032-30-872
7129-33-967
7029-35-664
7029-36-563