May 2, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save in game two of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: Is Brian Elliott a Long Term Solution for the St. Louis Blues?

Brian Elliott was incredible through the month of April and into the playoffs, but he has yet to show that he can withstand an entire season as a starter.

With many Blues fans calling for the trade of Jaroslav Halak, we thought we would ask you what you think Elliott is capable of.

Is Brian Elliott a Starting Goaltender for the Long Term?

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-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Brian Elliott Daily Poll Jaroslav Halak St. Louis Blues

  • bluenotebacker

    I’d like to think Jake Allen is the long term solution for the Blues, but I’d rather see Elliott in net than Halak for this coming season.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      I am still not sold on Elliott. I know he has flashes of brillance, but I really don’t think he is the answer for the Blues. We need a true number one. Honestly, I would like to see the Blues move Halak and pick up Bryz after he is bought out, but again that is more of a dream world. Or, if this is a dream scenario, let’s offer sheet Bob!

      • Dashley R

        Bryzgalov’s average during the last two seasons not including playoffs: 2.60 GAA .905 SV%
        Average with playoffs: 2.69 GAA .903 SV%

        Record during last two seasons combined: 52-33-10 with 7 shutouts.

        With Phillie having 103 pts in the 11-12 season I don’t think 2.48 GAA .909 SV% was very good. Sounds like they should have kept Bob, what do you think?

  • Dashley R

    I understand everybody’s concern when it comes to Elliott, but I think he has it in him to be w/e we need him to be until a decision can be made. I think he can be a starter, but if the long term goal is to have Allen, Binnington or Lundstrom be a starter, I could buy into that. I don’t think trading for an inconsistent Bryz is going to help the team. I have about as much confidence in him as I would with a James Reimer in goal for us. I do like Bob though :)

  • Lauryn

    Id really like to see Allen in the net for a few games, but Elliott is a great goalie too.

    • Alex Hodschayan

      Do you think Allen is ready to be a starter or would you like to see him as the backup next season?

      • Lauryn

        Allen has really impressed me a lot this year. Elliott is sort of streaky, just like Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund. Elliott has those times where everyone loves him…and then times when everyone fears for the Blues when they put him in the net. In April, he led the team to the playoffs, but in the postseason, it seemed like he relaxed a little…and that cost us very well two games in the playoffs. I’d say give Allen a chance at starter, given he is consistent, and have Elliott be his backup.

        • Dashley R

          I don’t think he is streaky, I think he has a lot of good games and he has a few bad games with some unlucky bounces or bad deflections and sometimes a soft goal thrown into the mix. That sounds like any elite goalie you can think of. The playoffs were not his fault, there was one questionable goal, but the rest of it was a team effort and when you are goaltending for a team who can’t seem to put the puck in the net it can be difficult to do it all by yourself. We only lost by 1 goal each losing game and there were two games we should have won which would have been us moving into round 2. Either way, I was always more confident with him in goal rather than Halak. Still, I wouldn’t mind an equal tandem between both Elliott and Allen next year with maybe a few test games for Binnington or Lundstrom. Already can’t wait for next year lol.

          • Lauryn

            Yeah, I can’t wait either. I think he’s a great goalie and all, but he’d be better as a backup behind Allen maybe just for the start of the season, and then they should see how Allen does these first few games.

  • Dashley R

    Here are some statistics for all the Elliott doubters. Over the last two seasons including the playoffs he has an average 1.88 GAA supported by a .925 SV%. During the last two seasons not including the playoffs he has a combined 37-18-5 record, 12 wins by way of shutout with a 1.82 GAA supported by a .928 SV%. During the last two playoff seasons he has a record of 5-8 with 1 loss during OT. Now posting that and seeing how it obviously doesn’t look very impressive he still managed to average a 2.16 GAA supported by a .910 SV%. With a losing record due to inconsistent defense and an inner ear infection he still managed to put up some not so terrible numbers. These are just averages. If you look at each season and can overlook the beginning of this lockout season he is doing nothing but improving. Not only through the regular season but also through the playoffs. If he can continue this level of play or even improve, I don’t know what more you could want for the money.

    If you look at his competition(Halak) which some say is a better goalie, why don’t we all compare the numbers between the two. The last two Regular seasons his record stands at 32-17-8 with 9 shutouts for a 2.00 GAA supported by a .920 SV%. His combined average of the last two seasons including the two playoff games he played in during the 11-12 playoffs stands at a 1.99 GAA with a .920 SV%. Sounds very similar except I’m pretty sure Elliott has the better average. Elliott also has more wins and less combined losses(L+OTL) than Halak. For a “Backup” that is pretty impressive.

    If you would like to argue further that Halak is the better playoff goalie you only need to look at Elliott’s numbers during the 12-13 playoffs to know that even with a losing 2-4 record he still put up a 1.90 GAA supported by a .919 SV% which is a goalie doing his job. If the team had played better overall, especially the defense, the numbers would have looked even better.

    Don’t know if there is much else to say.