Sep 21, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) makes a save in front of Dallas Stars center Colton Sceviour (22) and center Vernon Fiddler (38) during the third period at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Brian Elliott on the Block?

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

I talked previously about Brian Elliott being the odd-man-out amongst rumors of the Ryan Miller deal going down, and now that it’s happened and the St. Louis Blues find themselves with that logjam in their net, Elliott’s future with the team seems even more uncertain than before.

Rumor mongering isn’t something I’m interested in, but late last night, after Miller’s win in his Blues debut, Twitter was roiling with rumors about the Blues still being in the fray before the Trade Deadline hits on Wednesday. Among those closest to home for Blues fans was this nugget:

Bleed Blue‏ @Bleed_Blue91

RUMOR: Teams interested in #STLblues Brian Elliott: MIN, WSH, PIT, NYI, PHI. Sounds like STL is looking for a 3rd rounder or minor prospect.

1:16 AM – 3 Mar 2014

It would be a very shrewd move on Doug Armstrong’s part to be able to get something of value for Ells before the season ends and the capable netminder walks into Unrestricted Free Agency. It would also seem to support the thought that St. Louis has every intention of, and indeed may already have the plans laid out to sign Miller to a longer term deal.

I’m not sold on the idea that Army or Hitchcock is comfortable with Jake Allen, the Blues heir-apparent goalie, being the only option at backup for the playoffs this year. Allen, while he performed incredibly well last year in relief is unseasoned, and while you never want to tempt fate by talking about injuries, you always need a solid contingency plan.

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