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Falling Blues summon rookie goalie Jake Allen

Mar 6, 2013, 9:51 AM EST

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The St. Louis Blues got off to a 6-1-0 start this season amid expectations that they would be able to build off of their breakout 2011-12 campaign.

After Tuesday’s monumental collapse to the Los Angeles Kings, the Blues are now 5-8-2 since the start of February.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong has been looking for ways to end their fall and recently expressed an interest in 38-year-old free agent center Jason Arnott. Now it looks like they might try something a bit more drastic.

The St. Louis Blues announced that they have called up 22-year-old goaltender Jake Allen.

You might remember Allen as the guy who stole the starting gig from Brian Elliott while Jaroslav Halak was out with a groin injury.

This move either means that one of the Blues’ goaltenders is suffering from an injury that hasn’t been revealed yet (both played in Tuesday’s loss) or the team is looking to shake up the status quo.

Elliott has allowed at least four goals in each of his last five starts dating back to Feb. 5. He kicked out seven of eight shots yesterday after Halak surrendered four unanswered goals to give Los Angeles the lead.

  1. valoisvipers - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    It is strange to see after last year’s performance of Halak and Elliot that this year they no longer have the problem of two number one goalies but are now starting to look like past years of the Flyer’s goalie carousel.

    • icelovinbrotha215 - Mar 6, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Ah. I know all too well.

  2. bcsteele - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Call me crazy, but given Allen’s play while he was up from the minors and his high expectations for the future I’m about ready to give up on Elliot and go with Allen and Halak spliting the work load. Elliot had a break out year last year but he’s always been a wild card during his career. I’m about ready to trade him to one of those many teams who have gotten into goaltender injury issues.

    • ryanprzy - Mar 6, 2013 at 1:07 PM

      The time to trade Elliott was in the offseason. Now, I’m sure there’s a handful of teams that would take him, but his value is depleted. They could have gotten a nice little package had they sold high on him.

  3. blues1988 - Mar 6, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    i’m with ya bc but idk who would want him with the way he’s played.

  4. drez146 - Mar 6, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    The way this team has played this is inexplicable, how does a team play the way they played last year and come out totally opposite this year. I don’t get it, I haven’t been able to put my finger on it.

  5. 5thliner - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    You have to have a hot goalie in the playoffs. We’ll be going nowhere unless they get this under control.

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