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Plot twist, and Jake Allen on waivers? Information is emerging, and we can officially forget about this option

Published January 9, 2024 at 10:31
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

The Canadiens' goaltending situation continues to be a topic of discussion throughout the NHL. Kent Hughes is currently working on the matter, and given the low market for goaltenders, there is speculation about the possibility of placing Jake Allen on waivers.

Having number 34 in Laval would be a luxury, but there are consequences to such decisions. The goalie's value would significantly decrease, making it challenging to trade him later. At least, that's what Renaud Lavoie mentions. According to the journalist, Kent Hughes is too smart to do that.

"There are many people who think that the solution would be to place Jake Allen on waivers, but what I'm told is that it won't happen. It's not a situation that will occur because it notably lowers the player's value.

This matter will be resolved through a trade, but I don't know how. One thing's for sure, forget about Jake Allen in Laval!"


- Renaud Lavoie

There we have it. We are now informed. The decision is understandable, especially as Jake Allen compares himself to Antti Raanta of the Hurricanes, who was placed on waivers a few weeks ago and went unclaimed.

The Canes' goalie earns over 2 million less than Allen, sending a pretty clear message. However, Kent Hughes has been known for making three-team transactions and being very imaginative.

He was able to trade Mike Hoffman and his hefty $4.5 million annual contract, so he will also be able to trade Jake Allen. His name is circulating in a few places, notably in Los Angeles, where he could reunite with Marc Bergevin, who brought him to Montreal.

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