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Major trade coming up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs involving Jake Allen? The Leafs are desperate

Published January 1, 2024 at 1:06 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

At the beginning of the season, if someone had told you that the Canadiens would still have a goaltending trio in 2024, you might have been met with skepticism. However, that's exactly what's happening. Kent Hughes hasn't been able to trade a goalie before the holidays as hoped, and fans are growing impatient.

Nevertheless, insider Elliotte Friedman believes that the Canadiens' GM is handling the situation well and that it's wise to be patient. The fact that Hughes has kept his plans under wraps is a significant advantage in negotiations with other teams. Additionally, Friedman notes that the asking price for Jake Allen is very realistic.

"I don't think the price for Allen is as high as it is for Gibson in Anaheim." - Elliotte Friedman

Several teams are currently in need of a goaltender, including a direct rival who recently placed their supposed number one goalie on waivers. The Maple Leafs, in particular, have four goalies, but they are either injured or not meeting expectations.


Ilya Samsonov is having a disastrous season and has been placed on waivers, Justin Woll is injured, Matt Murray is also injured, and Martin Jones is not the goalie he once was in his prime.

Toronto desperately needs reinforcement in front of the net, and Jake Allen could be exactly what they need.

It's worth noting that the Devils and Hurricanes are also in the mix, not to mention the Oilers and Kings, who have lost the services of Phoenix Copley for several weeks.

Regarding the Leafs, Allen's arrival would be more than beneficial, as he could hardly do worse than their current goalies. Now, it remains to be seen whether Hughes is willing to deal with a direct division rival.

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Major trade coming up between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs involving Jake Allen? The Leafs are desperate

In your opinion, should Kent Hughes refrain from trading Jake Allen to a divisional rival?

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