How ironic is it Elliot has been playing better than Miller?
I was hoping Elliot would get the shutout last game, which he almost did, and tie him with Halak for the most shutouts on the Blues team. What does that say when Elliot, in the small number of games he's played for us, to get the most shutouts for us when Cujo isn't even on the top 10 shared with Halak? And we thought our goaltending was ever a problem?
I would start Elliot in the playoffs. If Elliot does perform poorly, we always have Miller to fall back on who may be able to prove his worth in the playoffs. It's a win/win situation.
Now, after this season, we are letting Elliot go, just when he's starting to perform well for us while our #1 isn't. If we re-sign Miller, and ends up playing poorly for us next season (ala Lalime) we would have lost all our goaltending prospects. Meanwhile Elliot will be shining as the number #1 on another team.
And Ott hasn't been exactly performing any more than Stewart did. A't this point, I'd cut our losses with this trade, let Miller go, re-sign Elliot, and bring up Allan as the backup.
The shutout thing gets overplayed IMO. I mean, Elliott should be proud of his shutouts for sure. They're not irrelevant by any means. But, they are partly a product of the team in front of him and the era. So, I don't think it's fair to say, "everything is fine, Elliott has more shutouts than Cujo."
I would not start Elliott in the playoffs because he's not as good as Miller. Prior to today, I know that Elliott had only allowed 1 goal in nearly 3 games. But, he's not as good and doesn't give as as good of a chance to win as Miller.