Before diving into the discussion that is the goaltending situation in St. Louis, let's stop and think back to Fall of 2012. During those few months we were focusing all of our anger and hatred towards the NHL lockout and those responsible for putting our favorite sport on hold. We all just wanted to see the St. Louis Blues play, especially considering they would enter the year with large expectations.
If you were to ask a fan of the Blues what the team's strength was, they probably would have mentioned the team's goaltending. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott combined to post the best GAA in the NHL in 2011-12 and appeared ready to back the Blues to big things in 2012-13.
It's amazing how much can change after just one abbreviated season. Halak was bit by the injury bug. Elliott was bit by the "I forgot how to play goalie" bug before redeeming himself later in the year. Jake Allen made his NHL debut and for the most part played well, placing plenty of pressure on the two men in front of him.
Once the playoffs wrapped, we learned of a verbal altercation between Halak and coach Ken Hitchcock, indicating the angry body language we saw from Halak in the playoffs represented some very real resentment and unhappiness.
Heading into 2013-14, what should be made of the situation in the St. Louis crease?