BUFFALO — One goalie was traded Friday during Day 1 of the NHL draft, and two teams’ goaltending pictures become clearer.
The St. Louis Blues traded goalie Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames for the No. 35 draft pick. He now projects to be Calgary’s No. 1, while the Blues have committed to Jake Allen as their undisputed starter.
“I talked to Brian’s (agent) after the season (after Elliott) had a great year for us,” St. Louis general manager Doug Armstrong said. “(The agent) said if there’s an opportunity to get Brian into a position where he’s the No. 1 goalie, would we look at it? I said I’d look at it, but it has to be right of the team, too. So when Calgary called, it seemed like a proper fit. I thought we got good value.”
The Flames, with a .892 save percentage, were the only team in the NHL with a save percentage under .900 this season. Elliott posted a .930 save percentage; he stopped 93.8% of shots against at five-on-five, second among goalies who logged at least 1,700 minutes, according to puckalytics.com.
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