NHL Trade Rumors: Blues Won't Be Dealing Goaltender Ty Conklin At Deadline
NHL Trade Rumors: St. Louis Blues Doing Right Thing By Keeping Ty Conklin
So the affirmation that Blues' backup goaltender and journeyman Ty Conklin isn't available at the trade deadline, according to ESPN, isn't exactly earth-shattering.
It probably wouldn't even make waves if it wasn't for the fact that star goaltended Jaroslav Halak is out right now with a bruised hand and won't play against Colorado tonight, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
But in the case of St. Louis, the stand makes a lot more sense than you would think.
Conklin's not a starter and he won't blow anyone away. But he's also become a valuable backup who's been proven to be an asset in this league. He's not a great starter when he's been pushed into action, but he's good enough that he can hold the fort for a while and keep his team competitive. He's proved that before in Pittsburgh and Detroit.
So it makes perfect sense that in a league where goaltending is such a commodity, trading away a solid backup like Ty Conklin isn't smart. And the best way to put it is this: if something happens to Jaroslav Halak down the stretch and Conklin isn't there, the job falls to Ben Bishop.
If you don't know who that is, don't worry. The point is that doesn't exactly inspire confidence in Blues fans.
Conklin is a solid insurance policy and unless some team blows them away with an offer (which won't happen), then the Blues will hold on to him.
It would be a much bigger decision than you think.
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