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 NHL.com’s Lou Korac:
Paajarvi on waivers likely means #stlblues will keep three goalies for the time being. Spot opens room to keep Brodeur when Elliott returns.
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) December 29, 2014
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.