St Louis Blues: Top 30 Goaltenders in Franchise History

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Oct 24, 2015; St. Louis, MO, USA; St Louis Blues and fans honor former player Jimmy Robberts during the first period against the New York Islanders at Scottrade Center. Robberts passed away on October 23 2015 at the age of 75 from cancer. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

23. Eddie Johnston

1974-78; 118 games, 41-52-20 record, 3.36 GAA, 4 shutouts; 4 postseason games, 0-3 record

Johnston joined the St Louis Blues at age 39 for the 1974-75 season after spending 11 years with the Boston Bruins and one with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

He was never more than a part-timer for the Blues during his four seasons with the team, splitting time with or backing up guys like John Davidson, Yves Belanger, Phil Myre, and Ed Staniowski. With that said, he was solid during the time that he did get in net, especially considering that he was in the twilight of his career while he was in St. Louis.

He had a sub-.500 record and 3.00-plus goals-against average in each of his seasons with the Blues, but he did record at least one shutout in every one of his full seasons with the club, and he didn’t have any really bad seasons outside of the 12 games he spent with the Blues in 1977-78 before being traded.

Johnston didn’t see much postseason action with the Blues, but when he did, he wasn’t exactly effective. He started one game of the Blues’ two-game preliminary-round loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1974-75, giving up five goals and taking the loss.

While splitting time with Ed Staniowski in the Blues’ first-round series loss to the Montreal Canadiens in 1976-77, Johnston allowed nine goals while playing in parts of three games.

Johnston was dealt to Chicago in January of 1978 and retired at the end of that season.

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