Lot's of rambles and bold fonts
Elliot may very well turn out to be one of those rare HoF goalies who suck/is mediocre for 5-6 years before turning into Tim Thomas. Heck Tim Thomas did it. I really hope that's the case.
But the odds are this is a hot streak. The Blues defense is playing great and Elliot is playing great, the combined is over-inflated statistics. I'll even agree with what Cprice and others have mentioned that it's not just the statistics, it's also the fundamentals of how Elliot has played.
But that still doesn't guarantee that he's going to continue to be this good. Really it doesn't even make it probable. The most likely scenario is that this is a hot streak and he's going to regress. Look at Halak. He may have been a backup in Montreal but you can't deny that he got his team deep into the playoffs by standing on his head and playing far better than just "fundamentally sound". The Blues traded for the hot hand, almost every fan of the Blues loved it. I loved it.
And yet here we are with him being inconsistent and fans debating if he's good enough to be an anchor at net, and then in the same paragraph some fans are suggesting that Elliot should be extended.
And just because you're stating your words with bold font and capital letters doesn't make me less of a fan. I just don't want to see the team make the same mistake they did with Halak: Taking a hot goalie and expecting them to repeat unsustainable results.
And I see extending Elliot right now as repeating the same mistake that happened with Halak. And, really, Halak hasn't been terrible. He isn't an elite goaltender we hoped we were getting, but it's not like he's singlehandedly ruining our playoff chances like goalies have in the past.
I'm ecstatic about Elliot. I hope he continues to play this way and then signs for a really bargain price for the next few years and transforms into the franchise goalie this team has lacked for years. It's the sort of stroke of luck that this team deserves to get. I'm just not willing to dive into it after repeated examples of goalies coming in, getting hot (and notedly not as hot as Elliot is right now) to earn the starter job in some facet or another, then cooling off and being a dissapointment until they're displayed by the next hot hand.
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