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Blues Assign Brian Elliott To Peoria For Conditioning

Reconditioning stints typically come when a player's been injured. Apparently they can also happen when they haven't played a game in a while.

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Brian Elliott's last start for the Blues was March 3rd, when he allowed four goals on 27 shots against the Dallas Stars. Since then, he's either been munching on press box pretzels while Jake Allen gets time, or he's been sitting on the bench as a "just in case" backup. Basically, he hasn't played much. Most teams don't carry a third goalie, so I'm not even sure what he's been doing at practices.

Today the Blues announced that they sent him to the Peoria Rivermen for a couple games for a "conditioning stint."I wonder if their definition of "conditioning" is different from everyone else's.

St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Thursday the club has assigned goaltender Brian Elliott to their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen, for conditioning.

Elliott will start for the Rivermen on Friday against Oklahoma City and Saturday against Lake Erie before returning to the Blues following Saturday’s game.

Elliott, 27, has appeared in 11 games for the Blues this season, posting a 3-6-1 record with a 3.65 goals-against average and a .851 save percentage.

All righty. I'd like to know the reasoning behind this -- I'm assuming this is a "he can't sit there forever" move.


Though one has to wonder whether this screen grab from the Blues' site after the announcement might not be more permanent sooner or later this season.