ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Blues have rewarded goaltender Brian Elliott for being named an NHL all-star.
The Blues signed the veteran goaltender to a two-year contract Wednesday reportedly worth US$3.6 million. Elliott originally signed with St. Louis as a free agent July 1.
The 26-year-old is in his fifth NHL season, but first with the Blues. Elliott has posted a 15-5-1 record and ranks second overall with a 1.68 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and five shutouts.
“He’s the perfect example of perseverance,” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “He just had to become more compact in his game, and he’s done that, he’s done it beautifully.
The Newmarket, Ont., native has also allowed the fewest goals (36) and suffered the fewest losses among goaltenders with at least 20 starts. The six-foot-three, 204-pound goalie also boasts the NHL’s top home record at 9-1-1.
Elliott and Jaroslav Halak have combined for a 1.98 goals-against average, tying the Blues for first overall in that category. They have also registered a league-high eight shutouts.
“Brian came in here and helped stabilize our goaltending and make it one of the top tandems in the NHL,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. “Our goaltending is set having Brian and Jaro signed through the 2013-14 season.”
Drafted in the ninth round, 291st overall by the Ottawa Senators in 2003, Elliott spent parts of four seasons in the nation’s capital. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche last season in the deal that brought fellow goalie Craig Anderson to Ottawa.
– with files from The Associated Press.