Elliott happy to be unquestioned No. 1 for Flames

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CALGRY, Alberta — Brian Elliott was eager to get back in the rink on a hot summer day. 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 I’m 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 I’ve 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 the Blues 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 o’clock in the morning and I saw my phone lighting up,” Elliott said. “I didn’t go back to sleep after that, I was so excited.”

Brian Elliott has the second-highest save percentage in the league among goalies who have played at least 50 games over the past five seasons. Rocky W. Widner/NHL/Getty Images

Elliott has the second-highest save percentage in the league among goalies who have played …

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