With all the rumors flying about which direction the St. Louis Blues plan to go with their goaltending situation as the NHL resumes play and pushes towards the playoffs, Brian Elliott seems to be the odd man out of the equation. Despite posting some outstanding numbers this season; 15-4-2, 2.13 GAA, and .916 SV% in 24 games played, his name is not among those being tossed around as a supposed solution to the netminder puzzle in St. Louis. His last game action was February 8 in a shoot-out win over the Winnipeg Jets.
Talks of the Blues making a deal to bring Ryan Miller to St. Louis from the Buffalo Sabres have stalled, but always included Jaroslav Halak as the feature piece being shipped Eastward. With recent murmurings involving future Hall-of-Famer Martin Brodeur being looked at by the Blues, and new discussions with Buffalo that reportedly include Jake Allen as the feature player in a trade for Miller, where does that leave Elliott?
For all intent and purpose, Ells has been the backup in St. Louis these last two seasons, but he’s played at least as well as Halak, even being more consistent in his play at times than the Slovakian. Allen has been groomed these last two seasons as the heir apparent, are the Blues ready to part with him so soon?
Are the Blues uncomfortable with either Halak or Elliott leading them into the post-season? It doesn’t sound like other teams have expressed any interest in Elliott, so if a deal is made it will obviously include Halak or Allen. Is that the right direction the St. Louis this late in the season? Did Jaro set his fate with his poor showing in Sochi? We’ve got about a week left to find out, but I trust Doug Armstrong to do what’s best for this team.
GO BLUES! LONG LIVE THE NOTE!