Brian Elliott G STL 8 Days

Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Thursday that Elliott will open the season as the No. 1 goaltender for the Blues,'s Lou Korac reports.

The assignment to No. 1 duties was rather obvious after the Blues let Ryan Miller walk in the offseason, instead re-signing Elliott to a three-year deal. After Elliott competed with for the starting job with the since-departed Jaroslav Halak the last couple of seasons, Hitchcock said that Elliott earned the opportunity to open the campaign as the unquestioned starter based on his substantial improvement in 2013-14. The 29-year-old may not see the workload of some of the league's top netminders with top prospect Jake Allen lurking behind him on the depth chart, but thanks to an elite offense and defense to support him, Elliott figures to produce outstanding numbers on a per-game basis. In his 31 appearances last season, he delivered a 18-6-2 record, 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage.

Brian Elliott G STL 2 Months

Brian Elliott is looking forward to working with Jake Allen.

Elliott and Allen will be competing for the starting gig in 2014-15, although Elliott is likely to end up starting in more games. "I'm looking forward to it," Elliott said. "I think we have the most similar types of personalities of anyone that I've played with. We've texted back and forth over the summer a little bit. I think he's coming to Madison (Wis.) just before training camp to work together." Elliott's an interesting case as he's had some tremendous stretches, but he's also suffered a few complete collapses and that makes it hard to completely trust him. He had a great 1.96 GAA and .922 save percentage in 31 games last season though.

Brian Elliott G STL 4 Months

Brian Elliott thinks he has a "fair fight" on his hands for the starting gig in St. Louis.

Elliott is expected to compete with Jake Allen after inking a three-year, $7.5 million contract. Allen is the guy the Blues want to see assume the job in the long-term, but Elliott probably has the inside track for the 2014-15 campaign, given his edge in experience. Elliott felt like the underdog in the battle against Jaroslav Halak and that was certainly the case during Ryan Miller's brief tenure, but Elliott thinks his new contract proves the Blues are willing to give him an opportunity to win the starting job. "I feel like I have been getting better my three years in St. Louis and I just want to continue that upward trend," Elliott said.

Brian Elliott G STL 4 Months

Brian Elliott has agreed to a three-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

It looks like after years of being a capable backup, the Blues are willing to give Elliott a chance to serve as the team's starting goaltender. He'll have to compete with Jake Allen for that job, but Elliott should have the inside track. Historically, Elliott has been an incredibly streaky goaltender and that can make him painful from a fantasy perspective. However, he still wouldn't be a bad pickup in the latter half of standard fantasy drafts, assuming the Blues don't alter their goaltending situation any further.

Brian Elliott G STL 4 Months

Brian Elliott is still unsure what his future holds with the St. Louis Blues.

He becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 and if the Blues re-sign Ryan Miller then there isn't a spot available for him on the roster. "Honestly, I don't know," Elliott said. "From the very beginning of the season, my agent said, 'Let's approach the end of the year like you're going to be a free agent, and if other things happen, that's fine.' So I wasn't hung up on the issue." St. Louis wants Jake Allen to play in the NHL next season, so he'll either serve as Miller's backup or possibly work in tandem with Elliott if Miller ends up going elsewhere.

Brian Elliott G STL 6 Months

Brian Elliott made 24 saves as St. Louis edged the Sabres on Thursday night 2-1.

Elliott could probably be a starter on some teams, but with Ryan Miller in town, he makes for one of the better backups in the league. Making his first start since March 23, Elliott gave up one goal, late in the third period. He has won his last three decisions, and he has a 1.93 goals-against average and .922 save percentage this season.

Brian Elliott G STL 6 Months

Brian Elliott will be between the pipes for St. Louis on Thursday night.

He will get the call against the Buffalo Sabres in his first action since he he shut out Pittsburgh on Mar. 23 with 33 stops. The Blues play Saturday and Sunday, so going with Elliott here could mean that Ryan Miller will start back-to-back games this weekend against divisional foes, Colorado and Chicago.

Brian Elliott G STL 6 Months

Brian Elliott stopped all 33 Pittsburgh Penguins shots to draw a 1-0 win for the St. Louis Blues.

The 28-year-old has quietly put together a strong season as a backup, going 17-5-2 with a .921 save percentage, 1.97 GAA and four shutouts. Those who are either keeping him for quality-over-quantity starts or added him this weekend were paid off nicely today.

Brian Elliott G STL 6 Months

Brian Elliott is projected to start Sunday afternoon against Pittsburgh.

Ryan Miller was between the pipes for Saturday's matinee loss to Philadelphia. Elliott made 17 stops in a 3-2 shootout win over Minnesota on Mar. 9 in his only other start since Miller joined the Blues.

Brian Elliott G STL 6 Months

Brian Elliott, starting in net for the Blues for the first time since goaltender Ryan Miller was acquired in a blockbuster trade with Buffalo a few days ago, needed to make only 17 saves in regulation and overtime before St. Louis took a 3-2 shootout win over the Wild in Minnesota Sunday night.

Elliott reminded his coaches that he isn't a bad netminder himself. His GAA is now 2.08. His save percentage, .917.