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From the Canadian Press:
The temperatures outside are scorching, but new Flames goaltender Brian Elliott is eager to get back in the rink. After years of fending off challengers for his job in St. Louis, Elliott has big expectations entering next season as the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary.
"This is a big one for me so I’m really looking forward to it," Elliott said when introduced to the media on Wednesday. "Sometimes you want that extra bit of summer to relax and enjoy your downtime but now I’ve gotten really excited to get the pads back on and ready to get back at it."
The Flames acquired the 31-year-old native of Newmarket, Ont., from St. Louis on the night of the NHL draft for a second-round pick. Elliott and his wife were on vacation in Croatia at the time.
"When I got the news, it was 2 o’clock in the morning and I saw my phone lighting up. I didn’t go back to sleep after that, I was so excited," he said.
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
In St. Louis, it was coach Ken Hitchcock who saw Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller and then 25-year-old Jake Allen as Elliott's superior or equal, preventing him from taking over a starting job finally waiting for him in Calgary.
"He's had to fight for the net in St. Louis because management has always felt there's a goaltender there that's his equal," said Flames hockey president Brian Burke.
"That's certainly not the situation with us."...
Between both parties, we realized it was probably best to try to find a home for me somewhere else," said Elliott, 31, who was traded for the 35th pick Saturday and a third rounder in 2018 conditional on him re-signing in Calgary.
"I wanted to have that opportunity, just based on how the past couple years have gone. (Jake Allen) is a really good goaltender and is a good friend of mine. I don't want to go out with bad blood. I respect St. Louis, the city and the organization. I think they respected me as well. I think they wanted to give me an opportunity and I worked hard for it but they weren't able to give it to me.
"With this trade, Calgary's obviously shown a lot of interest in me and it was welcoming. Just having the GM and the coaching staff show interest in me, it makes me feel great. It makes you want to get to Calgary right away."
from Frank Seravalli of TSN.
“We were linked to every goaltender from Timbits to senior men’s league on Sunday nights,” Treliving said, laughing. “We might’ve talked to them all, too.”
Elliott, 31, led the league in save percentage last season with a .930 mark. He also started 18 of the Blues’ 20 playoff games this spring, bringing St. Louis to within two wins of the Stanley Cup final.
“You see his game, he’s sort of a late bloomer,” Treliving said. “Maybe he doesn’t get the fanfare of a lot of other guys, but when you dig into the numbers, he’s one of the best goaltenders in the league for the last number of years.”
After losing out on Frederik Andersen to Toronto earlier in the week, the Flames were believed to have kicked the tires on Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop, Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury and maybe even Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky before finding a sweet spot in St. Louis.
Elliott’s reasonable contract at $2.5 million, plus the relatively low acquisition cost to acquire him, made him a worthwhile proposition for Calgary - especially considering they were the last team standing in need of a starter.
The Blues, meanwhile, wanted to turn the crease over to 25-year-old Jake Allen, who split the starts with Elliott last season.
“I just felt when you look at the combination of the player, the person, the acquisition cost, the contract, we thought it was a smart move for us,” Treliving said. “It was hard to find people to say a bad word about him. As we looked around, this one just made sense. If we don’t have an extra second-round pick, we don’t have a goaltender tonight.”
via Eric Gilmore at NHL.com,
With the Predators on the power play, Nashville defenseman Shea Weber, whose shot has been clocked at more than 108 mph, took a slap shot from the point; Vlasic blocked it with his visor and cheek.
"I think it dented my visor and hit my cheek," Vlasic said. "I'm OK."
Vlasic was stunned for a moment and dropped to the ice. But he skated off under his own power, missed one shift and returned to the ice.
Vlasic said he had no time to react to Weber's shot.
"Oh, no," he said. "108 mph, I guess you don't see it. But that's part of blocking shots, isn't it."
When it's a Weber shot, what you can't see can hurt you.
via Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
If you need an example of the resilience of the Blues and their goalie this postseason, it occurred with 15 minutes, 16 seconds to play in the third period when Stars center Jason Spezza broke a part of Elliott’s mask with a powerful slap shot from 53 feet out.
A split second after the shot sent debris into Elliott’s right eye, he fell backward.
While trainer Ray Barile helped remove the debris from his eye, assistant equipment manager Joel Farnsworth took the replica Curtis Joseph mask to repair it.
“It just hit my mask, kind of broke the cage and surprised the heck out of me,” Elliott said. “Joel was big on the changeover for me. I just felt something go in there (in the eye). I don’t know if it was a paint chip, but that’s what Ray said.”
Watch both plays below...
ST. LOUIS - Blues goalie Brian Elliott has been placed on long-term injured reserve with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated in four weeks.
Elliott was injured Monday while attempting to make a save during a goal-mouth scramble with 7:01 remaining in the first period. After being attended to by Head Medical Trainer Ray Barile, Elliott left the game and did not return.
Jake Allen, who was serving as the backup in his first game since Jan. 8 due to injury, took over between the pipes.
The Blues have recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Chicago Wolves under emergency conditions. Copley recently served as the backup goaltender when Allen was out and is 12-12-2 with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .907 save-percentage with the Wolves this season.
Elliott has played in 34 games for the Blues, registering a 17-7-6 record. He ranks fifth in the League in goals against average (2.14) and third in save percentage (.929) while his recent stretch of 18 consecutive starts is the longest by any goaltender this season.
Hitch says an update on Ott will also come tomorrow.
Hitch: Elliott had a blow to the head. He will be re-evaluated tomorrow.
Below the Elliott injury, you can see he took a shot to the face from Jonathan Toews, then the collision.
From StLouisBlues.com's Chris Pinkert:
As the preseason wraps up with tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues are hitting the road for a four-day team-building trip in Ann Arbor, MI.
The team will hold daily practices at the University of Michigan’s Yost Arena, but outside of that, the players will be free to relax and enjoy a short break before returning to St. Louis on Monday afternoon.
“It’s about being together and doing team activities,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “Having some team activities that we can just have fun with, along with some good stress-less practices up there, I think we’ll really enjoy it.”
Shattenkirk, who billeted with a family in Ann Arbor while representing the U.S. National Development Program, will watch the Wolverine’s ice hockey team on Sunday evening. His billet family’s son, Niko Porikos, wears No. 22 for the Wolverines.
Other plans include a little fly-fishing for goalies Jake Allen and Brian Elliott and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big House for the coaching staff.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:
Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.
St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.
Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...
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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch,
The Blues have yet to say how much time Brian Elliott could miss, but they announced in a press release Wednesday that the goaltender "will be sidelined with a lower-body injury."
Coach Ken Hitchcock said Elliott was "week-to-week."
"We'll kind of address it every Sunday and see how he is," Hitchcock said. "That's about as close as I can give you right now. He's had this type of injury before and has recovered quickly and nicely so we're hoping for the former but we don't want to say it's five or six days and then it's 14 so we'll leave it at that.
"If it was a skater, this would be moment to moment, but he's a goalie and you need your knees, especially if you're a butterfly goalie. We're not taking any risks here. We want him at 100 (percent) and Jake (Allen) can cover the load for a little while here."
Below, watch how Elliott was injured....
Via Pro Hockey Talk's Dhiren Mahibian, the St. Louis Blues lost an incredibly important contributor when Brian Elliot suffered a "lower-body injury" on this hit by Senators forward Erik Condra (and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Tom Timmermann reports that the Blues are sticking with the "lower-body injury" line):
Ottawa won 3-2 in a shootout.
ST. LOUIS (MAY 19, 2014) – - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has re-signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a three-year contract.
Elliott, 29, appeared in 31 regular season games last season, posting an 18-6-2 record while ranking 11th in both save percentage (.922) and shutouts (4), and second with a 1.96 goals-against average.
The 6-foot-2, 209-pound goaltender has spent his past three campaigns with the Blues, including 2011-12, when he set single-season franchise records in save percentage (.940), goals-against average (1.56) and shutouts (9) en route to earning the 2012 Jennings Trophy.
Over the past three seasons, Elliott ranks second overall (at least 50 games played) with a .680 win percentage (55-24-7), while his 16 shutouts not only lead the League, but are tied for second in Blues franchise history.
How are the Edmonton Oilers reacting to their poor goaltending to start the season?
Bob McKenzie: Devan Dubnyk's sub-par performance on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs does not have Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish pushing the panic button, but it does have him reaching for the telephone.
As early as Sunday, MacTavish has been working the phones and working them hard to determine the market for goaltenders. They are looking at every possibility, from Anaheim's Jonas Hiller to Buffalo's Ryan Miller to Brian Elliott in St. Louis to Michal Neuvirth in Washington and beyond.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has recalled goaltender Jake Allen under emergency conditions from the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
Brian Elliott is day-to-day with an upper body injury.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club signed All-Star goaltender Brian Elliott to a two-year contract.
“Brian came in here and helped stabilize our goaltending and make it one of the top tandems in the NHL,” said Armstrong. “Our goaltending is set having Brian and Jaro signed through the 2013-14 season. Along with Ben Bishop and Jake Allen in Peoria, our depth at goaltender has never been stronger.”
from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
When the St. Louis Blues were searching for backup goaltenders last summer, they had several options.
They could sign a current NHL goalie with experience, simply go with Ben Bishop from their own organization, or make a trade.
With a lot of scouting homework from goaltending coach Corey Hirsch, the Blues set their sights on Brian Elliott.
“He deserves the lion’s share of the credit,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said of Hirsch. “His job responsibility was to scour the available players and he had Elliott high on the list of the players he chose.”
Hirsch and the Blues apparently did their homework extremely well.
Brian Elliott of the St. Louis Blues, stops Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks last nigh with a lightning quick glove save.
The Blues won 4-2.
via Ian Mendes tweets,
I’m thinking Craig Anderson could be coming back this way
Brian Elliott is headed to Colorado. Trade done. Working on details
added 10:37am, via Billy Jaffe tweet,
Confirmed, Anderson for Elliott
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for goaltender Craig Anderson.
Elliott, 25, has appeared in a team-high 43 games for the Senators this season, posting a 13-19-8 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and three shutouts. The Newmarket, Ontario native helped the Senators reach the Stanley Cup playoffs a year ago, compiling a 29-18-4 record with a .909 save percentage and five shutouts in 55 appearances.
“Brian is an experienced NHL goaltender,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “We look forward to having him join our team.”
Forget Darryl Sittler’s 10-point performance of 30 some-odd years ago…
I believe it is entirely possible that Washington’s John Erskine may have had the greatest hockey game in the history of the planet last night.
No, his stat line won’t wow you but this game-winner against Atlanta was just icing on top of a cake that already included layers of an epic scrap with Eric Boulton and the all kinds of awesomeness that is the Erskine ‘stache.
Take in the fight, please:
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Hossa probably still wondering how the puck did not hit the back of the net.
OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators today recalled goaltender Brian Elliott and assigned defenceman Matt Carkner to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Binghamton Senators.