The St. Louis Blues have been one of the most successful teams in the NHL the past season and a half. The fact that they have done that while splitting games between two goaltenders makes it even more shocking. It’s one thing if you have a great starter and a very reliable back-up, but the Blues arguably have two very good No. 1 goalies.
Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott have playing together for two and a half seasons now. In the 2011-12 season, Halak played 46 games while Elliot played in 38. In 2012-13, Halak played 24 games while Elliott came back with 16. So far this season, Halak has played in 39 games with Elliott started in 24.
However, rumors are abound suggesting Halak is still on the trading block. Sure, he is the more successful goalie and therefore more attractive to other teams, but why would one of the best teams in the NHL trade their best goalie?
The answer might be that they are currently trying to acquire another goalie. That goalie would be Ryan Miller, currently of the Buffalo Sabres.
If the Blues are indeed interested in Miller, they will have to do some moving within the salary cap. Trading Halak would help with that, but seeing that his cap hit is just slightly over half of Miller’s, more would have to be done.
Another wrinkle in all this is that all of Halak, Elliott and Miller are all unrestricted free agents at the end of the season. This makes trading Halak and acquiring Miller even more complicated.
Interesting times are soon to come in St. Louis.