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09-06-2010, 04:27 PM
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Here is one reason:

Both Leclaire and Elliott are starting the season off on equal footing - Clouston has said this specifically. As a result, poor performances by either goalie are more likely to be followed up by back-up duty than unconditional second chance opportunities. Because of this, Elliott is unlikely to play through long stretches of games (and thus become the starter) unless he is able to begin the season with very strong performances.

Maybe Elliott provides us with great goaltending right away and Clouston gives him the starting job, it is possible. However, I'd bet that the goaltending duties are shared relatively equally between Leclaire and Elliott. Elliott's progression depends significantly on the performances of Pascal Leclaire. This is one reason why Elliott won't necessarily improve by significant amounts this season.
If anything, keeping Elliot from playing long stretches will improve his numbers. He seems to have a habit of going into a slump that takes a while to play out of when he goes a number of games without a break.

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