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Blues Send Elliott To AHL For Conditioning Stint

The St. Louis Blues threes company goaltending routine is getting cut down, at least for a weekend. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that struggling former All-Star Brian Elliott has been sent to the teams AHL affiliate for conditioning purposes.

Blues GM Doug Armstrong explains why it will be a short but potentially useful stint.

We dont play this weekend and he wasnt going to play tonight, Armstrong said. It gives him an opportunity to play two games in two nights. The feeling was he needed to get some games.

The trip didnt just happen because Elliott, 27, will be able to squeeze in contests on Friday and Saturday with the Peoria Rivermen. Its likely that the team kept him around a little longer so that the Matt DAgostini trade could go through.

Naturally, some might wonder if the Blues are trying to keep Elliott in shape for trade deadline reasons.

Theyre carrying three goalies (Elliott, Jake Allen and Jaroslav Halak) on their NHL roster, which is not exactly ideal. Its also interesting that Elliott and Halak have contracts through 2013-14 while Allen is a restricted free agent this summer.

One might see that as a formula for a trade, yet Elliotts value is low and Armstrong shot down Halak rumors.

Either way, the Blues netminding situation looks set to be an interesting scenario to watch, especially in the next week.

For more on this story visit: James O'Brien, NBC Sports Pro Hockey Talk


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