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Now the Blues’ starting goalie, Elliott is working extra hard this summer

Jul 29, 2014, 1:33 PM EST

Mike Richards, Brian Elliott AP

“I’ve been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.”

That was St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott, speaking with the Post-Dispatch about his preparations heading into the 2014-15 season, which he’ll begin as the Blues’ starter.

Elliott will be backed up by up-and-coming youngster Jake Allen, so it’s no guarantee that he’ll finish the season as the starter. But, at the very least, he won’t have a veteran like Jaroslav Halak or Ryan Miller to beat out.

Elliott signed a three-year contract extension in May. The 29-year-old will have a lot of pressure on him next season, with goaltending perhaps the biggest question mark on an already-strong Blues team that was made even stronger after adding arguably the top unrestricted free agent available in Paul Stastny.

“I’m definitely excited and all the guys I’ve talked to over the summer are excited,” said Elliott. “Hopefully, together, we can take that next step.”

Related: Hitch says Stastny ‘really fits’ the Blues

  1. esracerx46 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    I thought they already anointed Allen as the starter?

    • 5thliner - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:39 PM

      Hitch said “It’s Elliot’s job to lose”

  2. endusersolutions2013 - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Wonder which Bill Elliot we’ll see this year

    • stevedurbano - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      Probably the one named Brian.

  3. blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    “Hopefully, together, we can take that next step” …

    YIKES !!!!!!!!!! :)

    • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      You’re are calling the Blues apes yet you employ Dustin Brown as your captain? Hypocrite

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:56 PM

        You’re calling* damn typo

      • patthehockeyfan - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        No, bluesdroogie. blomfeld just wanted to share a family video.

      • blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Bluesdroogie, Pat and others …

        Take you stinking paws off me you damned dirty apes !!!

      • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:20 AM

        Rattus Pattus …

        One of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  4. lowenni - Jul 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Allen take the no. 1 gig from Elliot. One, he’s simply got the talent to do that, and two, Elliott has always been pretty inconsistent and Hitch has always seemed hesitant to give him the no 1 nod.

  5. djshnooks - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    I can’t believe a team this close decided to go with an unproven, yet talented, Jake Allen…and an average Brian Elliott.

    Obviously being a Sabres fan, I wanted that extra draft pick…but even if Miller was not the guy, why not someone else?

    I think this sets them back a year while Allen gets used to the big leagues…and takes over for Elliott full-time next year.

    It looks to be their one and only problem.

    • beepbeepbeeplgb - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      after coming close to the cap by signing paul stasny (which was way more needed then a new goalie), who did u want them to sign? just curious. i mean i get where your coming from but i think hitch n co have faith in allen and i think he’ll step up and end the year as the #1.

  6. nyrnashty - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Ewww, only poor people take their lunch to work Brian! :)

  7. jacketsfan7 - Jul 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    While inconsistent this could potentially help Elliot find his game, he was better than halak in the playoffs in 2012 so as long as he beats Allen, I’m sure the blues will be fine making it to the playoffs with him in net

  8. bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    It was NOT Elliots fault we lost in 6 games to the Kings 2 seasons ago. It was lack of scoring plain and simple. Elliot played well enough for us to be able to win that series. The Blues lack of offense ultimately lost that series as well as the the Hawks series this past year. Now if the Blues can start scoring more in the playoffs I don’t see Elliot be a problem for us as he has played great since his conditioning stint with Peoria a few years ago. If he has a bad game I have faith in him to be able to bounce back form it or at the least Allen gets the nod to ease him into life in the NHL.

    • avscup - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      As long as I’ve been watching Blues hockey (which goes back to Unger, Plager) the Blues have always figured out a way to lose playoff games and usually it’s not scoring enough!

  9. bucfanforlife - Jul 29, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    blom the apes are coming for the kings

    • blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Buc Fan …

      I suspect that too friend, as I do actually fear them to an extent, especially come playoff time. As we’ve seen over the last couple of years, any team that comes in ‘post season’ contact with them, then appears to become almost ‘debilitated’ in going forward ? And I’m not sure if that’s entirely 100% due to their primitive style of play where they just want to grab everything and everyone in sight, or if there’s something else at play ? For example, are they ill or diseased ? Regardless, let us never forget that ‘we’ are the Stanley Cup Champion LA Kings and the ‘greatest’ ice hockey team in the world today ! Yes sir ! And if we ever meet these people again come playoff time, then rest assured that we’ll be certain to ‘not’ get suckered into playing their ‘primate’ style of game like we’ve done in the past …

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

      • stlbluesfan - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:22 AM

        If you rKings meet the Blues this year, they are going to face a different team. Quick isnt going to know what hit him.

      • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:22 AM

        Rattus Pattus …

        One of the largest and most ‘vile’ muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  10. djshnooks - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    @beep…idk, I’m not a Blues fan.

    I was just asking, curious to see what others might think…especially Blues fans.

    I honestly wanted them to re-sign Miller, not for the draft pick, which would have been nice…but to see him on an excellent team I could get behind and root for now.

    Just think there’s a better way to go about it than Elliott and (an unproven) Jake Allen.

    The Kings have proven you can win a cup (or two) without elite scorers/scoring…as long as you have an elite goaltender.

    I like all of the Blues moves, but this one.

    I hope it works out though, I honestly do.

    • paperlions - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:08 PM

      Miller simply showed nothing at all during his time in StL. If he had, he would still be there, but he didn’t. The team had zero interest in bringing him back. Elliot played far better than he did after the trade.

      I am more than happy with Elliot and Allen and I fully expect Allen to take over most of the work by the end of the year.

      • bluesdroogie - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:09 PM

        Don’t forget to mention the fact that Miller openly stated before the trade to St Louis that he wanted to play closer to where his wife worked(L.a.) I don’t think he would have resigned in St Louis anyway. I think he would have waited for a team closer to California to talk to him before signing anywhere.

      • paperlions - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        True. Even if the Blues had wanted to keep him, they likely would have had to overpay and probably top the Van offer, which I thought was too much already.

  11. 22bju - Jul 29, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    I don’t know why but I always look forward to Bloomfield comments. I can only understand about 2/3 of all his comments, but he’s also the only poster I remember when I come back to this site. Well done

    • blomfeld - Jul 30, 2014 at 1:45 AM

      Thank you friend and God bless you ! :)

  12. thekindone4 - Jul 30, 2014 at 11:01 PM

    Feel free to suck STL!!! The Sabres would love 3 top ten picks! JK!!! The blues are solid! But one can dream!

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