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Elliott gets $3.6 million, 2-year extension with St. Louis Blues

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 | 6:56 p.m. CST; updated 10:17 p.m. CST, Monday, February 20, 2012

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues signed All-Star goalie Brian Elliott to a two-year, $3.6 million contract extension Wednesday.

The deal will pay the 26-year-old $1.7 million next season and $1.9 million in 2013-14. He signed a two-way contract earlier this season and is making $600,000.

"He's the perfect example of perseverance," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He just had to become more compact in his game, and he's done that. He's done it beautifully.

"He's resurrected a career based on being able to look in the mirror and not feel sorry for himself and make adjustments."

Elliott is 15-5-1 with five shutouts and a 1.68 goals-against average that is second-best in the NHL. He entered training camp battling for a backup job behind Jaroslav Halak but capitalized on Halak's slow start by winning his first four starts. They are now splitting playing time.

Elliott and Halak have combined for a 1.98 goals-against average, tied for the best in the NHL, and the duo leads the league with eight shutouts. Elliott is 9-1-1 at home.

"The situation he was in last summer, wondering where he was going to play and finding a good home here and doing his job on the ice, I think it's a great story," General Manager Doug Armstrong said. "Now he can settle in and take his career to the next level."


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