Jake Allen on his departure from Montreal? The return could be very surprising

Published December 1, 2023 at 3:15 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

It's been several weeks since we've been talking about it; Kent Hughes was determined to settle the Samuel Montembeault situation before trading a goaltender.

The Hometown goaltender would have been an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, so trading Allen or Primeau before signing him could have put the Canadiens in trouble.

Now that it's done, and number 35 is signed for three years, one of Primeau or Allen has to go, and quickly. The three-way situation has lasted long enough.

In all likelihood, it's the veteran who will leave the ship, and although he's been playing well since the start of the season, his value may not be as high as hoped due to his contract.


According to observer Marc-Olivier Beaudoin, the Canadiens would even be lucky not to have to give up a prospect or a pick in addition to the goaltender.

"If Kent Hughes can find a taker for Jake Allen without having to give up an asset to trade him, that's the avenue that should be taken in my opinion.

Cayden Primeau has been good this season (except for 2-3 periods), and his age/contract makes much more sense for the Canadiens."

With a contract at $3.85 million until the end of next season, it's understandable that other teams might be more reluctant to take him, especially considering his injury history.

Insiders like Frank Seravalli and David Pagnotta echo similar sentiments, believing that Allen doesn't have great value.

The question now is whether Kent Hughes would be willing to trade Allen without retaining salary for future considerations.

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