Canadiens acquire goaltender Jake Allen from the Blues

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The Montreal Canadiens acquired goaltender Jake Allen from the Saint-Louis Blues in exchange for a third and seventh round pick in 2020.

The Canadiens will also receive a seventh-round pick in 2022 as part of the deal.

At Allen, the Canadiens land a strong back-up and reliable insurance policy behind starter Carey Price, who will get more rest in the season ahead. We’ve seen what a healthy, well-rested Price can do in the playoffs – 1.78 goals-against average, .936 save percentage and a pair of shutouts – and opening up the possibility of ‘A more tandem approach for the 2020-21 campaign through heavy spells, general manager Marc Bergevin is preparing his No. 1 goalie for more success.

Allen, 30, has spent his entire NHL career with the Blues, but lost his first gig midway through the 2018-19 campaign when Jordan Binnington emerged and supported the Blues all the way to the Stanley Cup. Relegated to backup in 2019-20, Allen recorded a 2.15 GAA and .927 save percentage with two shutouts in 24 appearances, and performed well when called up this summer (1.89 GAA , .935 save percentage in four playoff starts in Edmonton). Over seven seasons in St. Louis, the Fredericton, New Brunswick native averaged 2.50 goals against with a .913 save percentage.

The Blues, who signed Binnington to a two-year extension last summer with an AAV of $ 4.4 million, face a tightening of the cap this offseason and general manager Doug Armstrong has his hands full as ‘he tries to recruit captain Alex Pietrangelo in a flat-cap reality. Removing Allen’s contract certainly helps – he has one more season left on the four-year pact he signed with St. Louis in 2016, and his cap of $ 4.35 million is now off the books. Armstrong – and making the trade saves him a possible goalie. drama once next year’s expansion plan rolls out.

September 2, 2020 – 12:20 p.m. HE



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