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07-21-2012, 10:57 AM
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Originally Posted by DefenseMinister View Post
Hitch was hired on November 6th. Elliott had started 6 *** games to that point so I guess your definition of a "having a lights out season" differs from mine.

The point isn't that Elliott can't play well in spurts, that's not a secret. He did it here on multiple occasions. The point is that if he has to carry the load for an extended period, he breaks down or loses focus or whatever his problem is and craps out. That's why they sheltered the hell out of him in St Louis and had him play in less games than many backups. His numbers were great but so were Halak's. And when the playoffs started, despite his amazing stats, the team went with Halak (which appeared to be the right decision given how terrible he was when he was forced in because of Halak's injury).

His own team clearly didn't trust him to carry the load so why should anyone here think any differently?
He played 38 games. They didn't really shelter the hell out of him.

Only Tampa (Roloson) and Edmonton (Khabibulin) had their 2nd goalies playing more
gaems than Elliott did. Both played 40 games. And they started out as #1 goalies but regressed throughout the season. They also had only as many games as Elliott because the were pulled out of the game or the team's other goalie was pulle dout during the game, thus increasing the number of games played.

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