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Elliott not sure if he’s staying in St. Louis

May 15, 2014, 10:48 PM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues could have some big changes in goal this summer and Brian Elliott isn’t sure if he’ll be back.

After another disappointing finish, the Blues have both Elliott and Ryan Miller due for new contracts this summer. As Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shares, Elliott isn’t sure if he has a future in St. Louis.

Honestly, I don’t know,” Elliott said. “From the very beginning of the season, my agent said, ‘Let’s approach the end of the year like you’re going to be a free agent, and if other things happen, that’s fine.’ So I wasn’t hung up on the issue.

The Blues may be looking to mix things up in goal this summer as they’ve got highly-touted prospect Jake Allen waiting to slide into a starting or backup role next season and may still have interest in keeping Miller.

After Miller’s disappointing performance in the Blues’ six-game loss to the Chicago Blackhawks he may be on the way out. Elliott has been a steady backup for St. Louis, however, and if he’s not re-signed he shouldn’t be out of work long.

Elliott has played three seasons in St. Louis and won the Jennings Trophy with Jaroslav Halak in 2011-12.

  1. btm99 - May 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

    Thank you, Captain Obvious.

  2. hubeydubeydoo11 - May 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Cant Imagine that the blues will go with a hardly proven goalie over at least one of these highly experienced ones. Hope Elliot takes his skills somewhere else personally

    • withseidelinn - May 16, 2014 at 8:23 AM

      Agreed. Jake Allen is very talented, but not sure if he’s ready for a full time NHL gig. He has been getting lit up for 3 straight games by the Marlies in the Calder Cup and the Chicago Wolves are down 3-0 in the series. Save percentage is below .900. Definitely a goalie of the future but I doubt the Blues will just toss him in as their starter.

  3. gbart22 - May 16, 2014 at 4:35 AM

    I don’t think Elliot or miller will be boroughs back and it would not shock me at all if STL took a flyer on brodeur for the season. They could go with Allen to start and if he falters at all turn to brodeur and even if Allen thrives in the regular season brodeur will still probably get 30 starts there and then he is just playoff insurance if Allen falters there.

    • withseidelinn - May 16, 2014 at 8:24 AM

      Brodeur is about 40 miles over the hill

  4. paperlions - May 16, 2014 at 8:17 AM

    Miller wasn’t just disappointing in game 6. He was pretty much disappointing during his entire stay in StL. He simply didn’t play well. Of the Blues 3 goalies last year, he had by far the highest GAA and by far the lowest save %, with only 1 SO in 19 games…..and then he was worse in the playoffs.

  5. jpat2424 - May 16, 2014 at 8:29 AM

    Haha

  6. spizzjr - May 16, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Welcome to the New York islanders Brian

  7. westinpat - May 16, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    The Wild could take a look at him.

  8. hanspard - May 16, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    No one ever says it, but the Blues played differently when Miller showed up. He was hung out to dry way more than Halak ever was. Too many people in front of the net, too many breakaways, etc. People want to leave it all on Miller. The one game in the Chicago series he gave up a soft goal….the Blues scored none. Was it a soft goal? Yes, but when your team gets shut out you aren’t helping him out much. The biggest issue with the Blues was the dead power play, not Miller.

    • phillyphanatic77 - May 16, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      Granted I only got to see the Blues games that were on the NBC networks but I agree… their style of play appeared to change. Before Miller they looked like world beaters; devastating backchecking, solid transition game, and just as dangerous on the forecheck. Then once Miller arrived it seemed like everybody took a deep breath, like “ahh we don’t have to work so hard”; like there was a new found safety net. And it totally backfired. If St Louis played like the Blues of the first half of the season, with Miller in net, they’d still be playing right now. All conjecture though.

      As for goaltending now, Allen is what 24? I think he deserves a shot. And Elliot would be the best choice to share-time. Miller might get moody if he’s not “the guy”. Plus he’s probably gonna ask in the $5-6 range while I’d imagine Elliot would look for 2.5-3.5, maybe more from another team.

  9. cliffatola - May 16, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Elliott is lights out for 2 out of 5 games and there aren’t many teams out there who are going to be willing to roll the dice on him as anything other than a backup. Miller’ numbers in Buffalo looked so good because of the quantity of shots he faced, if he couldn’t improve upon that in St. Louis you’ve likely seen his best work. I am glad Bylsma turned to Quick in the Olympics, finally Miller is no longer our best option in net anymore.

  10. btm99 - May 19, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    Appears the Ryan Miller era in STL is over.
    http://blues.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=719888

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