Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Blues and Brian Elliott agree to a 2 year contract extension

By Andrew Allsman| Posted: January 18th, 2012| Contact 

Appears to be around $2 million a year according to Andy Strickland

All Star goaltender Brian Elliott has been locked up by the Blues for two more seasons in what I think is a surprising but smart move by the Blues.

I really didn't think the Blues would get Brian Elliott back at the end of this season, as he would want a significant pay raise that I did not believe the Blues would accept. 

According to Andy Strickland Brian Elliott's salary for the next two seasons will be $1.7 million in the 2012-13 season and $1.9 million in the 2013-14 season.

Elliott was signed to a $600k 2-way contract this season and he has definitely shown the Blues he deserves a pay raise and the Blues did not want to see him hit the market at the end of this season.

A couple of things jumped out at me when I heard of this move by the Blues, 1) The Blues spent a decent amount of money for a backup goaltender and 2) what about Ben Bishop.

While this actually isn't a huge amount of money, it is a decent amount for a club going through an ownership transfer to spend on a backup goaltender when they have a player in the AHL (Ben Bishop) who has the ability to be an NHL goaltender.

So my next thought was, could we see a trade involving Ben Bishop (who has been playing great hockey in Peoria this year) and I have to say it seems likely...

Bishop is an RFA at the end of the year and since he likely wont want to stay with the Blues (doesnt really have a choice) only to be returned to Peoria, a trade seems likely. 

Like I said he has been playing very well this season and a lot of teams would love to have him so it is my belief that he gets moved (just speculating).

The one thing the Blues have going for them is the fact that Bishop is an RFA with no arbitration rights, so unless he is offered a ridiculously high offer sheet in the offseason the Blues will be able to keep Bishop (though it may be unwise if he's not dedicated to the organization).

Now back to Elliott.....

Elliott is 15-5-1 with a .937 sv% this year for the Blues and as I addressed recently, he is the only Blue headed to Ottawa for the All Star game.

This is a great move by the Blues and I'm sure everyone is happy (except for Ben Bishop).