Blues re-sign goalie Brian Elliott; will not pursure Ryan Miller

May 20, 2014 - 5:17 am
Brian Elliott will finally have his chance to earn the Blues' starting goaltending job. The Blues re-signed Elliott to a three-year contract on Monday and said they will not pursue a new deal with Ryan Miller. The Blues acquired Miller in a blockbuster deal with the Sabres in February in hopes of winning their first Stanley Cup, but they lost to the Blackhawks in the first round of the playoffs. "Certainly, it's not all reflected on Ryan, it's a team game," general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We've gone this direction and we're excited about the tandem we have." Armstrong added: "We gave up quite a bit. We took a swing. It certainly was a lot to give up for 20-some odd games and six playoff games." Armstrong said that Elliott, 29, will compete with top prospect Jake Allen for the starting job. "Brian wanted a chance to compete for the No. 1 job," Armstrong said. "He has that now." Elliott was 18-6-2 last season with four shutouts, a 1.96 goals-against average and .922 save percentage.