Obviously he was told today that the team was not going to meet his current contract demands and was wished good luck and told to keep in contact in case anything changes. Nothing really new, we all knew as soon as Rinne was extended that Ellis was going to test the FA market this summer and with good reason.
Dan clearly wants an opportunity to be at least in a 1a/1b situation and really prefers a spot where he can compete for the No. 1 job outright and he was not going to get that opportunity here. Rinne will likely play a Brodeur-like schedule next season (75+ starts) and there is simply no room for Ellis here.
IMO, he will likely be a prime target for "Nashville North", but could wind up in a number of places. He's gonna have to sign early on July 1st and be flexible with his contract terms to really get the situation he wants, but I believe we'll see him making highlights somewhere next season...hopefully in the Eastern Conference!!!