The battle for the No. 1 goaltending job with the St. Louis Blues remains an open competition with the season less than two weeks away.
Jake Allen, who finished the season as the Blues' starting goaltender and struggled in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, is vying for the job with Brian Elliott, who started 13 more games than Allen last season but missed a month with a knee injury and was outplayed by Allen down the stretch.
"We're starting clean and fresh," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We've got two good goalies. If someone goes out and grabs it, we're going to give him the job. We're going to give him that responsibility. If both guys play equal, we're back down the same path. But if one guy does jump and go, we're going to go with him.
"When the season starts, we're going to let whoever takes the job evolve. So we're not going to anoint anybody. We're just going to let it evolve and hopefully somebody grabs it. I don't know that we want to get into where we're creating the sharing. We want the play of the goalies to determine who gets more, who gets less."