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Blues GM acknowledges ‘cloudy’ goalie situation

May 12, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues goalie rotation during the 2013 season, causing some contentious moments. Jake Allen‘s claim to more playing time is only likely to increase as he approaches his prime, so how will the team deal with the fact that they have two more options in Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak?

GM Doug Armstrong admitted to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford that the situation is “cloudy” going into the offseason.

Contract situations don’t necessarily make decisions any easier. Allen, 22, is a restricted free agent this summer while both Elliott, 28, and Halak, 27, will become unrestricted free agents after the 2013-14 season.

The reflex is to say that the Blues should trade Halak, even if he’s that much further from his outstanding 2010 playoff run with the Montreal Canadiens.

Naturally, Armstrong didn’t elaborate on that matter. NHL.com’s Lou Korac believes that the Blues will improve their team via trades rather than free agency, however, so perhaps Halak (or even Elliott/Allen) could be moved to improve another part of the team.

Either way, the Blues have some key decisions to make in the near future.

  1. stevedurbano - May 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    They need a sniper to step up to the next level. They’ve been successful drafting and developing talent in every phase but a pure shooter. I think Cracknell has a tremendous upside but he’s not there yet. They are just not a real contender at this time.

  2. charleslouis99 - May 12, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    How high is Cracknell’s upside?

    • stevedurbano - May 13, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      He’s got a great sense for the puck in the offensive zone. I’d like to see him moved up from the fourth line to see what he could do.

  3. jernster21 - May 12, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    They’ll get more in return for Halak but I predict they will regret that decision. I’m not saying Elliott is bad by any means, but he didn’t get it done in Ottawa, was awful in Colorado and played lights out in conjunction with Halak in a year he was on a two way contract….dude was fighting for his NHL career.

    • tridecagon - May 13, 2013 at 9:52 AM

      If they move Halak, Elliot will be on a timeshare at best, and possibly just a backup, by the end of the season. Allen has earned significant NHL time with his play this year. The Blues just had too many games this year (regular season and playoffs) where they dominated the possession, shots, and flow of the game but just couldn’t score. The players on the ice have to do a better job of finishing, and we need a pure scorer added to the mix.

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