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08:27 AM ET 07.31 | So, who's No. 1 in St. Louis: Jaroslav Halak or Brian Elliott? Expect both Halak and Elliott to see significant action again. But I will point out that Blues GM Doug Armstrong recently said he could see Halak playing more games than he did last year (46). Even though the tandem worked very successfully last season, and is almost a necessity in the Western Conference, the club still thinks of Halak as its 1A and Elliott 1B. To me, Halak's start will help decide how it plays out. Remember, a poor start by him in 2011-12 is what led to Elliott playing as much as he did early, and Elliott proving to be perhaps the best surprise in the NHL. Elliott will certainly get his share of opportunities, but my projection is the tandem.

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Jaroslav Halak, Icon Sports Jaroslav Halak, Icon Sports
July 31, 2012  08:33 AM ET

i do not see both of them staying hot throughout the season.
one of the 2 will not stay steady enough to be a 1/1a

July 31, 2012  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

i do not see both of them staying hot throughout the season.one of the 2 will not stay steady enough to be a 1/1a

I wish to continue a trend here and consign the "other" one to Toronto.....Lord Irk is involved in everything I say!

July 31, 2012  08:53 AM ET

One season does not a goalie make...Mike Smith and his playoff run may be the perfect example as well.

July 31, 2012  08:58 AM ET

This goaltender controversy sure beats the heck out of the one in Vancouver

July 31, 2012  08:59 AM ET

Elliot sealed it for me with his playoff (un)performance...Halak would be my choice

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July 31, 2012  09:09 AM ET

goalies are not like starting pitchers, you can't keep two top flight guys.

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July 31, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This goaltender controversy sure beats the heck out of the one in Vancouver

And Philadelphia for that matter.

I think one or the other will be gone at the trade deadline.

July 31, 2012  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

And Philadelphia for that matter. I think one or the other will be gone at the trade deadline.

There's a goalie controversy in Philly? If Bob was still in town maybe but Leighton isn't going to cause a controversy. Bryz will keep everything intersting, aleibet not necessarly for his quality of play, but none the less interesting

July 31, 2012  09:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

goalies are not like starting pitchers, you can't keep two top flight guys.

you can't keep two happy

July 31, 2012  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

goalies are not like starting pitchers, you can't keep two top flight guys.

certainly can't keep two of them happy

July 31, 2012  10:28 AM ET

Great sight -- those two posts were about 40 minutes apart

July 31, 2012  10:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

you can't keep two happy

Two women? Or two goalies?

July 31, 2012  11:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Elliot sealed it for me with his playoff (un)performance...Halak would be my choice

I agree. At any rate, it's a nice controversy to have. Beats the alternative. Just ask the Blue Jackets and, I was going to say Detroit but ... we have Jonas Gustavsson now! :-)

July 31, 2012  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

There's a goalie controversy in Philly? If Bob was still in town maybe but Leighton isn't going to cause a controversy. Bryz will keep everything intersting, aleibet not necessarly for his quality of play, but none the less interesting

Bryz has a patent out for a 'goalie flask'

July 31, 2012  12:08 PM ET
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Bryz has a patent out for a 'goalie flask'

great...then he'll 2 pucks he can't stop

July 31, 2012  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

great...then he'll 2 pucks he can't stop

"he'll see 2 pucks"

July 31, 2012  12:22 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This goaltender controversy sure beats the heck out of the one in Vancouver

or Philly

 
July 31, 2012  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I agree. At any rate, it's a nice controversy to have. Beats the alternative. Just ask the Blue Jackets and, I was going to say Detroit but ... we have Jonas Gustavsson now! :-)

The only controversy in Columbus is why the Team President (who knows nothing about hockey) and the GM still have their jobs.

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