It’s official. Brian Elliott is taking over the net for the St. Louis Blues. On May 19 Elliott signed a three-year extension with the Blues. Ryan Miller, the previous No. 1 goaltender for the Blues was let go after a high stakes trade and a less than expected short season in St. Louis.
Coach Ken Hitchcock stated that even though Miller was given the No. 1 opportunity, “nobody lost sight of how good Brian Elliott was the whole year.”
Elliott went 18-6-4 with a 1.96 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage last season, playing just six games after Miller had arrived in St. Louis.
The twenty-nine year old Ontario native is 55-24-7 in three seasons with the Blues; splitting time with previous Blue Note goalie, Jaroslav Halak.
Elliott also stated that he was happy to have Allen as the other Blues goaltender. He said Allen has “the most similar types of personalities of anyone that I’ve played with.
“He went on to say he enjoys most others he has played with, but their similar personality types would benefit them both when it game to goaltending strategies.
Blues fans already stand behind Elliott, and Allen for that matter, so it will be interesting to see how the two men handle the upcoming season.