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CALGRY, Alberta -- Brian Elliott was eager to get back in the rink on a hot summer day. Fake Vans Store . After years of fending off challengers in St. Louis, the goalie has big expectations entering next season as the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary.This is a big one for me so Im really looking forward to it, Elliott said when introduced to the media Wednesday. Sometimes you want that extra bit of summer to relax and enjoy your downtime but now Ive gotten really excited to get the pads back on and ready to get back at it.The Flames acquired the 31-year-old Elliott from St. Louis on the night of the NHL draft for a second-round pick. Elliott and his wife were on vacation in Croatia at the time.When I got the news, it was 2 oclock in the morning and I saw my phone lighting up, Elliott said. I didnt go back to sleep after that, I was so excited.Elliott has the second-highest save percentage in the league among goalies who have played at least 50 games over the past five seasons at .925, just behind New Jerseys Cory Schneider (.926).Yet as well as he has performed over that five-year period in St. Louis, he never seemed to fully gain the trust of the coaching staff that kept trying other options. He gave way to Jaroslav Halak in one playoffs, Ryan Miller was brought in to be the guy in another. Two years ago, the Blues turned to Jake Allen in the postseason.To have that good of numbers and not get the opportunity to be the No. 1 guy, sometimes its frustrating, Elliott said. But Ive always believed if you worked hard, put your head down and plowed through it, opportunities will pop up for you.Last year, the Flames trio of Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio collectively ranked last in the NHL in goaltending.Calgary will turn to two new goalies. Veteran backup Chad Johnson was signed as a free agent.Elliott was selected by 291st overall by Ottawa in the 2003 draft and has played 323 career games (165-99-32) with the Senators, Blues and Colorado Avalanche. He said hes ready for this next chapter.Its talked about a lot with goaltenders. It just takes longer to develop. You have to go through those experiences just to be able to be that consistent player and not really feel the ups and downs and the roller coaster of a season, he said. Just stay calm. Trust your game, trust your work and just go out and play. It takes time to learn that.Flames general manager Brad Treliving said while Elliotts on-ice performance was important, they also really liked the fit off the ice.The numbers speak for themselves but a big part of us going out and getting Brian is also the person, he said. We talked to players that played with him, teammates that have had him, coaches that have coached him. The work ethic, the type of person that he is in the locker room, the teammate stood out as much as the goaltender stood out.Also on hand at the Saddledome was Elliotts wife, Amanda, who is pregnant with the couples first child, due at the start of the season.A little cowboy on the way, Elliott said. Fake Vans Outlet .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. Fake Vans For Sale . LOUIS -- Cardinals cleanup hitter Allen Craig says hes recovered from a foot injury and ready to be put on St. http://www.fakevans.com/fake-vans-slip-on/ . On June 12, just as the sun sets on the magnificent historical city of Sao Paulo the inventors, innovators and purveyors of “joga bonitowill” open their campaign. The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. Thomas Leuluais NRL career will not draw to a close on Sunday with tears or speeches or wistful glances around Mount Smart Stadium.Hes not even sure, he says, if his own mother will come.But the 31-year-old does hope his final Warriors outing ends with the satisfaction of victory and a few cold ones with the boys.Leuluai has played six years with the Warriors in two separate stints, making his 85th and final appearance for the club this weekend against Parramatta.Hell return to English club Wigan in the off-season, where he previously enjoyed a successful six-year spell.But the self-effacing Kiwi wont be getting too sentimental about it.I wont be crying in the sheds or anything like that, Leuluai said.Dont get me wrong, Ill miss this place and love all the people here.But Im just one part of the team.In his time in Auckland, Leuluai has played just one season of finals football - his first in 2003 when the Warriors fell in the semi-final to eventual premiers Penrith.He said the teams failure to make the finals in 2016, particularly given the Warriors late collapse last week against the Tigers, was a regret that would linger for some time.Yet the five-eighth was confident the Warriors would make progress without him.Theres a lot of good young players coming through, so Im pretty sure there wont be any trouble going forward, Leuluai said.Weve definitely improved from when I first came here and even from the start of the year.Head coach Andrew McFadden lauded Leuluai for his professionallism and skill. Fake Vans Free Shiping. He said Leuluai was a pleasure to coach.He has a very uncompromising character and hes a great leader in our team, McFadden said.Hes someone were going to miss.Leuluai, who expressed his wish to see McFadden stay in the top job despite overseeing yet another unsuccessful finals tilt, hoped to go out on a high against Parramatta.The Eels have been dogged by problems off the field in 2016, including a salary cap breach that saw them docked 12 points.Star recruit Kieran Foran also quit the club with mental health issues, playmaker Corey Norman was suspended for drug possession and Jarryd Hayne snubbed his former side for the Titans.Leuluai was impressed by the Eels efforts in the circumstances.Its a credit to them that theyve been out of the playoffs for a long time but been playing some really good football, he said.I just want to finish with a win so we can all sit around and enjoy it and have a beer.STATS THAT MATTER:* The Warriors have won nine of their past 13 matches against the Eels, including their last three NRL encounters.* Five of the past six matches between the two sides have seen more than 45 points scored.* Only the last-placed Knights have conceded more points per game (33.6) than the Warriors (24.4) in 2016.* Parramatta have lost their past five away matches for the first time in three years.(SOURCE: FOX SPORTS LAB) ' ' '