* Signing Allen and Yeo to a long-term contract "sight unseen" - Jake Allen has played 60ish games in the NHL in his ENTIRE career and that allots him to make 4m a year? We complained about Berglund getting a hair under 4x5 and he's proven over the course of HUNDREDS of games to be consistent with a serious upside to him when healthy.
While I can hear people say how good Allen is in the regular season, he is a disaster in the playoffs; we have proven we can make the playoffs, now we need players who can succeed there and if he can't, it's a bad contract regardless how one thinks; if you aren't out to win the Cup when you can make the playoffs, you're doing the team and it's fans a disservice and making the players feel as if their hard work isn't appreciated or valued and when players feel that way, they stop playing hard, they don't shift up that extra gear and it becomes a failure all around with fingers pointing at everyone.
Allen wasn't playing poorly this year, because of Allen. When this team pulled it's head out of it's butt and started actually playing defense again, Allen has been fine. That's the wrong horse to bitch about. And when is a goalie supposed to learn - never being signed, being given up on and shipped out, or what?
Elliott is not a solution as a designated #1. He proved that with his disastrous start to this season. Has Elliott rebounded? Yes. Why? Because he is, again, playing for his friggin' job which he doesn't do if handed the role as the #1 as he was demanding when traded.
Whose your goalie other than head case Elliott or Allen??? Some other guy not on the roster the Blues have to pay??
You obviously haven't watched a Flames game this year. If you're going to sit here and give Allen a pass because the team sucked, ask a Flames fan how their team looked in their first dozen games. Terrible is being kind. Elliott didn't help matters but don't put that on him.
From day one, I have said the solution is to keep Elliott and Allen together until Husso can be brought up. Together, they are fire. If we want to get into brass tacks on this, I will remind you that "Headcase" Elliott's stats AS A BLUE stands pretty damn tall. Add in the All-Star and Jennings Trophy and you're going to have a hard time convincing me that not "Naming" Elliott the Starter of this team, after a visit to the WCF and instead paying FOUR MILLION A YEAR to a kid whose proven NOTHING, especially in the playoffs. There was no reason to do this and unless Jake Allen goes playoff warrior on us (Which hell, I hope he does), his contract is going to look worse than Halak's.
Like Calgary, the Blues could have named Elliott the Starter and after some poor play bench him and run Allen instead. But that just makes far too much sense for you, huh? Don't feel bad, it made too much sense for this organization to do, too. And hell, it's not like earned it or anything, right? Just give it to Jake. He's done so much for the franchise. As for money, it's a no-issue since BOTH Netminders were under contract this year but if you want to be technical about it, the Blues saved roughly one million dollars this year by trading Elliott and signing Hutton to a two-year deal.
This team's future in goal is Husso, not Jake Allen and the sooner we get that, the better. What should have been done is Allen should have been bridged. Nothing he did merited his contract. If one or the other was lights out, we could have shipped one off at the TDL along with someone else and maybe even Shattenkirk as a rental and gotten Bishop.
Hell, we had Copley and he looked pretty damn good. The answer you're looking for, if not Husso, might be one that we just traded away, options that would have saved us money in the long run, but we HAD to have a netminder signed long-term and spare no expense, right?
That's what I'm pissy about.
You know, that same manner of pissy that you all have with players like Berglund and Lehtera. "If only their contract was lesser or hell, if they only did more to earn it." That kind of hindsight is a major part of the team's problem with asset management.
Don't let regular season numbers fool you. In the playoffs, Brian Elliott is money and has won the Blues playoff series over Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller AND Jake Allen. Until Jake Allen wins an NHL playoff series, He is THE Head Case.