Personally, I trust Elliott more than I trust Allen.
But here's why I'm in the 'sell high' mode. Do you trust the early-Ottawa era Elliott? The 2011-2012 Jennings Trophy Elliott? Or the back half of 2013 Elliott? Or do you trust the late-Ottawa Elliott? The entire Colorado Avalanche era Elliott? Or the early 2013 Elliott? It's the same guy but how long can he sustain this level of play?
And I'm not crapping on your statement. I completely understand where you come with from that. Elliott has seen way more pucks at the NHL level than Allen has. But he has a cyclical history of good to bad to good to bad again.
The only real time Elliott has sucked over a stretch during his 56 games here, was a five game stretch last season from Feb. 5th to March 3rd.
Granted, he couldn't stop much of anything in those five games. But still...it was only five games. It's funny how that stretch has turned into "half a season" for some folks.
In Elliott's defense, the team was going through a slump and wasn't playing well at all in front of him...but still, he was bad during that stretch.
After coming back from Peoria, in his final 11 games, he allowed 1 goal or less in 9 of those 11 (3 shutouts in a row at one point). In the other two games he allowed 2 goals and 4 goals. He finished with a 2.28 GAA. Remarkable considering how that five game stretch completely thrashed his stats early in the year.
I honestly don't care how he played in Ottawa. Different team, different circumstances. Different time in his career. To me it doesn't even matter.
He is playing very well here, with this team in front of him. That's good enough for me.
Goaltenders aren't stellar every year...not most of them. They have up and down seasons.
Giguere comes to mind as one guy who has off and on had good years, great years and poor years and has won a cup in the middle of all of that.
Like Kodos said, you wouldn't get much in return for a backup goalie anyway. He is far too valuable to us to trade.
Like I said, Allen simply hasn't played enough games (nor has he been good enough, especially compared to Elliott's numbers...the guy he would be replacing) to be anointed the full time backup on team picked by some to win the cup...and when your #1 is injury prone? Forget about it.
Elliott isn't going anywhere...nor do I want him to.
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