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St. Louis signs Brian Elliott to three-year extension

May 19, 2014, 11:29 AM EDT

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The St. Louis Blues have confirmed that they’ve signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year deal. The contract is worth $7.5 million, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeremy Rutherford.

With that, it looks like the Ryan Miller era in St. Louis is over. The Blues gave up Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, their 2015 first round pick, and 2016 third round pick (assuming Miller’s rights aren’t traded as the conditional picks situation gets more complicated if they are) in exchange for Miller and forward Steve Ott on Feb. 28. When the deal was made, it looked like the Blues would be serious Stanley Cup contenders.

It didn’t work out like that as St. Louis ended up losing in the first round to the Chicago Blackhawks. Miller finished with a lackluster 2.70 GAA and .897 save percentage in the playoffs.

Instead, Elliott is likely to compete for the starting job with 23-year-old goaltender Jake Allen, who Blues GM Doug Armstrong previously indicated would be one of the team’s two netminders in 2014-15. Allen is highly regarded by St. Louis and is coming off a strong AHL campaign where he posted a 2.03 GAA and .928 save percentage in 52 games.

Elliott had a 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage in 31 contests in 2013-14.

  1. snipedanglecelly13 - May 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Ryan miller > jimmy Howard

    • pjblake2redwings - May 19, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      I would much rather have Miller over Howard as well.

  2. bcsteele - May 19, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Good signing. Elliot and Allen will be awesome and we have plenty of cap space to take care of our own and possibly make a splash in free agency. Sniper maybe? I can pray…

  3. djshnooks - May 19, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Good, no need to root for them next year.

    Hopefully Miller goes to a good team.

  4. beepbeepbeeplgb - May 19, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    good move here, gotta save money to sign a scorer. Miller didn’t really help as much as we’d like in the playoffs, but he sure wasn’t the reason we lost. once again, it was scoring that took the blues down. now go out there and spend that money wisely!

  5. tross16 - May 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Solid choice here by the blues, miller didn’t look interested in the playoffs in my opinion it was a bad trade but it proved to the team that they were trying everything to win a cup

  6. johnmr12 - May 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    From what I saw in the playoffs, the blues were no better with Miller than they were with Halak and Elliot. Too bad they gave up Stewart to get him. I thought Stewart was getting better each year.

    • gret9 - May 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM

      Stewart had taken up semi-permanent residence in the Hitch doghouse.

  7. wayoffpiste - May 19, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Miller to the Wild?

  8. hanspard - May 19, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    My understanding of the deal is that the first rounder will now turn into a 3rd rounder. I was OK with the deal then, and still am now. It didn’t work, but I would rather see them be active and aggressive than do nothing. They were toast with Halak. At least they tried. Giving up Stewart was a blessing, that guy is a permanent tease. Carrier is the only think they really gave up and he’s replaceable. I would hope the team would stay aggressive, even though this deal didn’t work out.

    Oh, and for everyone hanging it on Miller…..for my money the power play is what let us down….and Miller ain’t on that.

    • 5thliner - May 19, 2014 at 3:42 PM

      The 2014 first round pick will turn into a 2015 first round pick since we didn’t resign Miller.

      • hanspard - May 21, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        Ugh. That makes it tougher to take. Everyone uses hingsight with these deals, but if they had kept Halak and gotten the same result, I would have been the first one screaming cause they didn’t try to get Miller. I would still rather be aggressive than passive with this thing. Nothing worse than rooting for a team that isn’t or can’t really try to win, like the pre-Stillman Blues.

  9. hockeyornothing - May 19, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    We’ve watched Elliot over the years. IMO he’s the one to go with it and run. Experienced and talented and a good guy too. Glad it worked out for Ells!

  10. bucfanforlife - May 19, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    still need a sniper, more speed everywhere and size on d

  11. earpaniac - May 19, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    I didn’t like the deal then, and it turned out worse than I thought. I don’t think Miller is that much better than Halak. Give up that much just to get bounced after one series? If they had a deficiency during the reg season, it was a top-line scorer, not goaltending. That was magnified in the playoffs. I don’t think anyone thought Miller would play like that, though. I just thought they gave up to much to “improve” something that wasn’t that bad to begin with.

  12. avfanforlife - May 19, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Why not keep Miller for a full season and give him and the team an actual chance to get used to each other? How often has a goalie come in at the trade-deadline and led his team to the Cup? STL is primed for another strong season and playoff birth again. Jumping the gun in my opinion.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - May 19, 2014 at 4:55 PM

      because we offered him money and he turned it down. he wanted too much dough. trying to get that one last paycheck i guess….

      • avfanforlife - May 19, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        I feel dumb now. Didn’t know… How much is Miller asking?

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