St. Louis Blues Should Go With Brian Elliott in Goal
The St. Louis Blues lost the last four games of their NHL playoff series to the Los Angeles Kings and were knocked out of the postseason. It was Brian Elliott for all six games of that series in goal, and St. Louis has some decisions to make before next season about their goalie. This is a team that has three solid goaltenders I think with Elliott, Jaroslav Halak and Jake Allen. I believe the job is Elliott’s going into next season.
The rift between Halak and Coach Ken Hitchcock will force the team to trade Halak this summer, and Allen just finished his rookie year which would leave Elliott as the front-runner for the job. He played in 24 games this year with a 14-8-1 record and a 2.28 goals against average. He was even better in the playoffs as well, giving up just 12 goals in six games. I know that he gave up nine of those goals over the final 61 shots he saw in the last three games, but I’m still impressed.
St. Louis looks like a team to me that could get back to the playoffs again next season with any of their goalies, but I want to think that the Blues would prefer it being Elliott. You don’t need the distraction of Halak hanging around the team, and Allen could use another year of seasoning as the team’s backup. There is a lot of time between now and the beginning of next season to figure this all out, but I’m sure the decision is already being discussed within the Blues organization.