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Elliott gets $3.6 million, 2-year extension

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

The deal will pay the 26-year-old Elliott $1.7 million next season and $1.9 million in 2013-14. He signed a two-way contract 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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