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Questions Remain For The St. Louis Blues

from Louie Korac at NHL.com,

Can the Blues compete for the Cup with their revamped goaltending? -- The Blues allowed Ryan Miller to leave via free agency and will confidently turn to veteran Brian Elliott and rookie Jake Allen, who has 15 games of NHL experience under his belt.

The Blues feel like Elliott, who signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract, earned the right to go into the season as the No. 1.

"[Ellliott's] watched two other guys [Miller and Jaroslav Halak] get the ball," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "Now he feels like it's his turn. There's still going to be competition, but I think Brian's going to start as the incumbent based on experience and all the work he's put in."

Will the additional depth at center pay off? -- Adding Stastny, Jori Lehtera, Peter Mueller and Joakim Lindstrom to a group that includes David Backes, Patrik Berglund, Steve Ott and Maxim Lapierre gives the Blues strong reinforcement despite losing Vladimir Sobotka to the Kontinental Hockey League.

"We wanted to add depth, we wanted to add competitive depth, we wanted to strengthen the middle of the ice and that's what we've done," Hitchcock said. "We've added scoring depth and we added real definitive depth at the center ice position."

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TreKronor's avatar

I’m just still surprised they chose Elliott over Halak.  Elliott had a fantastic year in 11-12, but has been okay since then.  He was even the third goalie in the pecking order in 12-13 and they sent him to Peoria for a few games. 

I don’t know.  I just would think Halak has a bigger upside, but maybe it’s Jake Allen who has the biggest potential upside, albeit years down the road.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/14/14 at 09:55 AM ET

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