The Avalanche this morning announced a trade of beleaguered veteran goalies who have had disappointing seasons, acquiring Brian Elliott from the Ottawa Senators for Craig Anderson.

Elliott, 25, signed with the Senators in 2007 after a full four-season career at the University of Wisconsin and helping the Badgers to the 2006 NCAA championship. The Ontario native was 13-19-8 this season, with a 3.19 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage. He has played 130 NHL games with Ottawa, with a 59-45-15 record, 2.81 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage. He is making $900,000 this season and can be a restricted free agent on July 1.

After playing well for much of his first season with Colorado in 2009-10, Anderson has fallen off considerably this season. Anderson is 13-5-3 in 33 appearances in 2010-11, with a 3.28 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. He can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and is making $2.1 million this season, the second year of his two-year deal, so the Avalanche payroll is lowered even additionally because of the deal.

"Brian is an experienced NHL goaltender," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said in the team release. "We look forward to having him join our team."