In case you Flames fans don’t know the great pickup that Brad Treliving has brought to Calgary, we are going to take a look at Brian Elliott.
Elliott had a fantastic regular season with the St. Louis Blues. I understand he only played 42 games, but he still went 23-8-6, with a 2.07 GAA while boasting a .930 Save Percentage. He is a number one goalie, he’s proved it. That is why Treliving went out and got him. He’s a cheap fix that doesn’t hurt the Flames whatsoever.
Put it this way, he could’ve went out and got Ben Bishop. Would it have hurt the Calgary Flames now and in the future? Yes. Bishop wants term and money at the end of this season. We’re talking big money, $6m+. Treliving won’t pay that, I don’t blame him.
There’s two names on his mind right now, Monahan and Gaudreau. Once those two get a contract then we’ll start talking about putting money down on a goaltender.
Now, not only did he help the Blues get the Western Conference final, it was argued that he was the reason why.
His playoff stats last year were stellar. In fact, he went 9-9, but had a .921 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA. I know that 9-9 isn’t a great record, but he stepped up when they needed him to. He did it all season. Calgary needs that. They’ve needed that since Miikka Kiprusoff left. For a team that let in 257 goals last year, (league average was 222) they need this goalie.
Here are Calgary’s goalie stats from this season:
You’ll notice that the team save percentage is below .900. The GAA is 2.94. Almost letting in three goals a game. Doesn’t matter how powerful of an offense you have, when you don’t have goaltending, you’re going to lose (Dallas Stars are a good example).
I think a fresh start for goaltending is good in Calgary. I can’t wait to see what the tandem of Elliott and Johnson can accomplish. Surely, it’s more than Ramo and Hiller could.