Blues take Brian Elliott off of injured reserve list


The St. Louis Blues announced that they have activated Brian Elliott (knee) from the injured reserve list.

With Elliott back, he figures to resume his duties as the team’s starting goaltender, but the Blues’ goaltending situation is still somewhat unclear. They signed Martin Brodeur during Elliott’s absence, which means they now have three healthy goaltenders on their roster.

Brodeur’s starts have been a mixed bag, but he posted a 16-save shutout against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday. He now has a 2.63 GAA and .904 save percentage in six contests with St. Louis. Meanwhile, Jake Allen has surrendered nine goals over his last two starts, giving him a 2.76 GAA and .899 save percentage in 19 games this season.

Even if the Blues now see Brodeur as a preferable option to serve as Elliott’s backup over Allen, it wouldn’t necessarily settle the issue. Allen, 24, would still need to be placed on waivers in order to be sent to the minors and the Blues would be in danger of losing him given his potential and reasonable $800,000 annual cap hit.

The news on the injury front wasn’t all good for St. Louis. Chris Porter suffered a leg injury during Monday’s contest and has been placed on the injured reserve list. He will be re-evaluated in six weeks.

Swan song paused? Brodeur records 125th shutout


In a way, it would be a fitting end for Martin Brodeur.

The surefire Hall-of-Famer earned the 125th shutout and 691st win of his record-breaking career as the St. Louis Blues beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-0 on Monday. The fact that he beat fellow legend Patrick Roy’s team only sweetens the deal.

Sure, Brodeur only needed to make 16 saves to extend two of his many NHL records tonight, but he left Blues fans chanting “Marty” and only complicated questions about what the Blues might do now that Brian Elliott has been cleared to play.

If this is indeed the end for the 42-year-old (and you get the feeling he might get another shot or two, whether it’s with the Blues or not), he stopped every shot he faced in his final two appearances, as he made 10 relief saves on Dec. 23. He’s currently 3-2-0 with a .904 save percentage with St. Louis.

What would you do if you were calling the shots for the Blues?

Goalie nods: Halak, Mason return from injury


All the latest from the crease…

Halak back for Isles

After missing the last two games with a lower-body injury, Jaroslav Halak will be back in goal when the Isles take on the Caps tonight.

Halak, who last played in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Dec. 20, watched as his teammates lost both games in his absence — Chad Johnson was in for a 3-1 defeat to Montreal, then Kevin Poulin was on the hook for a 4-3 shootout loss to Buffalo.

New York will be pleased to see Halak return. He’s been very good this year, posting an 18-6-0 record with a 2.24 GAA and .919 save percentage, with three shutouts.

For the Caps, Braden Holtby will be in goal.

Mason returns for Flyers

Steve Mason will be back in goal for Philadelphia this evening when the Flyers take on the Coyotes in Arizona.

The Flyers fared quite well without Mason, who’s missed the last four games with a back injury. They went 3-1-0 in his absence, with Ray Emery recording a pair of wins and 33-year-old Rob Zepp getting a victory in his first-ever NHL contest.

That said, Philly will be glad to see Mason return. He’s been very good this season; despite his 6-10-5 record, he’s managed to post a .921 save percentage and 2.49 GAA.

For the Coyotes, Devan Dubnyk will be in goal.


Red Wings at Bruins: Jimmy Howard vs. Tuukka Rask

Pens at Devils: Cory Schneider for New Jersey, Marc-Andre Fleury likely for Pittsburgh.

Habs at ‘Canes: Carey Price vs. Cam Ward

Sabres at Sens: Jhonas Enroth vs. Craig Anderson

Leafs at Bolts: James Reimer vs. Ben Bishop

Wild at Jets: Darcy Kuemper likely for Minnesota, Michael Hutchinson for Winnipeg (read more here.)

Avs at Blues: Semyon Varlamov vs. Martin Brodeur (read more here.)

Preds at ‘Hawks: Corey Crawford for Chicago, no word yet on a Nashville starter.

Rangers at Stars: Henrik Lundqvist for New York, Kari Lehtonen likely for Dallas.

Kings at Flames: Jonas Hiller for Calgary, Jonathan Quick likely for L.A.

Blues waive Paajarvi; Brodeur to stick around?


The St. Louis Blues placed forward Magnus Paajarvi on waivers Monday, possibly in order to keep three goalies — specifically, Martin Brodeur — on the active roster.

More, from’s Lou Korac:

Elliott has been medically cleared to play and could be back in tomorrow against Nashville (Brodeur will start tonight against Colorado), leaving the Blues with a logjam in goal as Jake Allen also remains in the mix.

It’s possible the club isn’t convinced Elliott can stay healthy for the long-term, hence a move to keep Brodeur around.

As for Paajarvi, he was a bit player in St. Louis this year. The former first-round pick played in just 10 games and averaged under 10 minutes per night, but could be picked up by a team looking for forward depth.

Paajarvi, who’s still only 23 years old, is in the last of a two-year deal that carries a $1.2M cap hit.

What’s next for Martin Brodeur?


With Brian Elliott medically cleared to play in St. Louis, and with Jake Allen requiring waivers in order to be sent to the AHL, what will the Blues do with Martin Brodeur after the 42-year-old makes his 1,248th career NHL start tonight versus the Avalanche?

At least one former goalie thinks tonight could be the last time we see Brodeur in an NHL game:

While it’s possible the Blues could carry three goalies for a spell, that’s not an ideal situation. And besides, it’s not like Brodeur has given them a great reason to keep him around, with an .892 save percentage in five appearances.

Those numbers won’t help Brodeur’s case with any other potential team, either. (Like, say, Minnesota.)

“We’re going to start Marty (Monday), but our hope is that (Elliott) is ready here in the next couple of days,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said yesterday.

St. Louis plays in Nashville tomorrow and Anaheim Friday.