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Is Jake Allen the odd man out for the St. Louis Blues?
Blues prospect Jake Allen appears in one of only 15 NHL games in his career. Allen looked to have a good shot at starting next season with Ryan Miller not returning, but that may not be the case. (Getty Images)

Is Jake Allen the odd man out for the St. Louis Blues?

The decision by the Blues to sign goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year contract was a stunner that will have lasting effects on the goaltending situation in St. Louis.

Jake Allen – the Blues’ great goaltending prospect – will now have to fight with Brian Elliott to get the starter’s role next season. But after the Blues committed $7.5 million to Brian Elliott over three years, the bigger question is whether or not Allen is the odd man out.

Even without Elliott’s contract the writing was (or should have been) on the wall after the Blues traded for Ryan Miller. The team made a huge investment by trading away its number one goalie Jaroslav Halak, young power forward in Chris Stewart, plus two draft picks and

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Did you do any research before you wrote this?

Elliott was given this contract to ease Allen into the starter job. He still has a year on his contract and is still an RFA after it ends. 

Beyond that we still have Jordan Binnington in the pipeline who will likely be moving his way up into the AHL next season for the Chicago Wolves. One would assume that he would be on his way up when Elliott's contract is over three years from now. 

The decision to not re-sign Miller shows that the Blues want to place the future in the hands of Jake Allen. So, he's about as far from an odd man out as you can get.

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