glen a richter wrote:
Elliott as a 1B is great. As a 1 he's not. We saw that all too well in the playoffs against LA and when Allen had to bail out the team last season when Ells went down to Peoria to re-learn how to be a franking professional damn goalie. We forget that. Just because he's getting paid bigger bucks than Allen doesn't mean he automatically deserves to be the clear cut #1 in the absence of Miller. Frankly I think they should trade him while his value is higher--at the deadline for the best pick(s) they can get. There are plenty of NHL experienced backups they can sign on the cheap to back up Allen--Nilstrop, Montoya, McElhinney. And before you crucify me for suggesting a laundry list of not-so-great goalies, don't forget that Elliott was on the trash heap before he salvaged his career in St. Louis. Allen/Montoya doesn't seem so bad to me.
Let's clear a couple things up about Elliott.
- Overall he was VERY good in the playoffs vs. LA last year. A 1.90 GAA and .919 Save %. He was more than good enough for us to beat LA...but just didn't score any goals.
- Last reg. season, Elliott had a bad start to the season, but because of the shortened schedule, his bad 6 or 7 game stretch was like a bad 14 game stretch if you average it out when compared to a normal length season. People forget THAT. Elliott was benched, then sent down...and he regrouped in Peoria, and then came back up here and was the best goalie in the NHL after that. He just had a bad start to the season, and with the schedule shortened, the team didn't have time to wait for him to turn it around here...so they sent him down and brought up Allen, who played good enough...but wasn't great. The team played better in front of him than they did in front of Elliott, and Allen was good enough to win some games.
- Before coming to St. Louis, Elliott had only been in the league a few seasons. One could argue that he simply found his game after he got here. If anyone has watched Elliott play here, they can tell you his stellar play isn't just from having a great defense in front of him. He has been damn good. It's not like he had been in the league for 7 or 8 years with average to sub-par numbers.
If Miller doesn't do the job in the playoffs and they don't resign him, I'd like to see Elliott return as the #1 goalie. I'm not sold on Allen...and right now Elliott is simply the better goalie and he has earned a #1 job here...I mean, what else do you have to do? Allen had some good games up here last year, but the sample size is tiny...and no way in hell should he be given the #1 job on a team that should be gunning for the cup...that would be stupid. Either Miller or Elliott is/should be our #1 next year...unless they trade for someone...which is unlikely.