25 games into the regular season and the St. Louis Blues have fifteen wins, only four of them with goaltender Brian Elliott between the pipes. He hasn’t won a start since October 18, he has a 2.59 GAA and a .903 SV%. Ells is obviously having a pretty tough year, but what does the future hold for him and the Blues?
It’s been two years since the Jaroslav Halak era ended in St. Louis, since then it’s been an up and down split between Brian Elliott and Jake Allen. The thought was that Brian Elliott would be the #1 while Jake Allen slowly comes into his own as the future of St. Louis netminding.
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It didn’t take that long however, and Jake Allen has completely taken over the starting job. Elliott’s play this year hasn’t done him any favors in the argument for more starts, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end for Elliot. Allen has started the year very strong, but still hasn’t proved consistency over the course of an NHL season.
Blues fans have grown accustomed to the goalie carousel that takes place yearly in St. Louis, but at least this year it’s only between two guys. At some point Allen will likely fall into a slump, and Elliott will have a string of strong games, it’s just how it goes every year. Don’t forget that Brian Elliott made it into the All-Star game last year.
In the minors, St. Louis have goalies Pheonix Copley and Jordan Binnington on the Chicago Wolves. If one of these guys were ready to make the jump to the NHL, St. Louis might be more inclined to move Elliott. Unfortunately neither of the two have been noticeably stellar in the AHL, but that’s fine for now.
Elliott and Allen both have one more year on their respective contracts after this season, neither being expensive at the moment. If the current trends for the two netminders continue, Allen will most definitely be getting a shiny new contract. Elliott will more likely be traded towards the trade deadline next year rather than earning another contract making around $2.5 million.
Elliott’s future is not only in his own hands, but also in Jake Allen’s. How the rest of this year plays out for the two will determine the future of St. Louis Blues goaltending. Allen has the keys right now, but anything can happen. Fortunately for the Blues, Elliott isn’t taking up much space on the team’s salary, which buys him some time to turn it around.