Yeah, the TSN report contradicts that...and in any event, I'm sure at this point Ellis and his agent have already told the Habs that they're planning to test free agency. It would be stupid for them not to at least see what other offers they'll get.
I'd do it at 2M. Not perfect, would be better if he would sign for cheaper, but Carey Price could have a hard time this year. He could also be great...but we just don't know. If he's not that good, we will need someone to do the job. I think Ellis would be a great safety net. Therefore, paying more for some security wouldn't be a bad idea. I hope he'll sign.