glen a richter wrote:
To be fair, when Elliott had the chance to be the #1 while Halak was injured, he fell flat on his ass and had to be bailed out by Allen. So the one being slapped in the face is Allen who's languishing in Chicago when he should rightfully have a spot on the big club. Elliott only does well when he's being pushed by someone else, no matter how good or lousy that someone else may be. When he has to be in the #1 spot and knows it, he folds like a cheap tent. Either our goalie situation stays as is or we upgrade the #1. Anything that puts Elliott in the #1 role is destined to backfire. As a 1B or 2 he's head and shoulders above the rest. As a 1 or 1A, we'll regret that for a long time.
Jake Allen is going to be amazing when we finally get him solid NHL playing time.
As for Elliott, regular season BOTH netminders needed Jake to bail them out, but when it came to the point where it REALLY MATTERS, that .914 Ells posted in the playoffs last year ain't "Folding up like a tent". No one scored for him. That's the truth.
Jake Allen isn't being paid 4m a year and Elliott shouldn't be held accountable because the team couldn't find the back of a net.
These two guys above showed up and played.
Halak's sitting half the time previously "With injury" collecting a 4m a year check while Elliott does the heavy lifting and Jake Allen is waiting for someone to move over so he can get into the fight.
My vote for roadblock goes to Halak. Elliott has shown and posted enough recognition to deserve to stay, even as a backup. What good is a goalie that doesn't show up or in Halak's case, comes off the IR, saying he's ready to go and then oops, he's back on the IR again. You want to trust a guy like that?
He's had a great season this year, but that's not saying much, if we're juding this by his total stay in the STL, due to him being injured quite abit, so we don't have a reliable barometer to judge him by. From what I've seen this season, he is performing at the top of his abilities and even those aren't as good as someone like Miller, Quick or Thomas.
Halak is a good goaltender, he's not an Elite goaltender.