The St. Louis Blues suffered a fourth loss in the past six games on Sunday, falling to the Dallas Stars by a 4-1 score. The loss made it increasingly clear that backup goaltender Brian Elliott is nowhere close to being the reliable option he was last season, and if the Blues want to make the playoffs they need to consider making a change. Elliott led the NHL with a 1.56 goals against average as he and Jaroslav Halak shared the William M. Jennings Trophy at season’s end. He also recorded 23 wins and set a mark for the highest single-season save percentage (.940). This season he has a 3-6-1 record, a 3.63 goals against average, a dismal .850 save percentage and he has not won a game since Jan. 31.
Elliott’s current poor play isn’t going to cut it for a playoff-caliber team like the Blues. Halak is 5-1-1 and will be looked to for the majority of starts this season, but the Blues need a backup that can steal a few wins for the team as well. While Halak was out injured they turned to rookie Jake Allen, who was impressive in his first four NHL starts. Allen was 3-1 while surrendering fewer than three goals per game. Allen is in the final year of his current contract with the Blues, which makes this a great chance for the team to make sure he is ready for full-time NHL duty. Elliott has this season and the next left on his contract, but may be worth more in a trade than what the Blues are currently paying him for his poor performance.