The St. Louis Blues have an embarrassing amount of riches in goal, and Brian Elliott is likely to be the odd man out as the season progresses. The Fourth Period reported a few days ago that the Edmonton Oilers tried to find a netminder, but couldn’t find a deal: “Oilers GM Craig MacTavish has kicked the tires on a few goaltenders, but a trade for a goalie is not imminent. MacTavish reached out to St. Louis…but a trade he did not find”
With Jake Allen ready for backup duty and Jaroslav Halak entrenched as the starter, St. Louis could secure an upgrade just about anywhere in exchange for their current No. 2. He’s only a few months separated from being the go-to guy for the Blues in the playoffs and has a track record as a winner.
What is he worth on the market right now though?
If the Blues are looking for a top-six forward or a top-four defender, they could come up empty handed. Word has been that the price on goalies has been high so far this season, which is why the likes of the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals and Blues have yet to budge of dealing from a position of strength.
It took the Los Angeles Kings a few years to finally find the right deal for Jonathan Bernier, but the Blues don’t have the luxury of time on their side. With options like Ilya Bryzgalov floating around out there for free, would St. Louis be wise to pull the trigger before the market dries up entirely?
They could also be looking for futures, as the roster seems to be in good shape at the moment. Deals like the one that the Vancouver Canucks got for Cory Schneider probably aren’t pouring down the pipeline, so again, the Blues may need to lower the asking price or else risk losing him for nothing as a free agent this summer.