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Major: The price set by Kent Hughes for Jake Allen is now known, and it is directly related to salary retention

Published February 8, 2024 at 1:08 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

It's no secret that Kent Hughes is actively trying to trade Jake Allen, but he won't give him away. In his eyes, the goaltender has value, and it's out of the question to trade him at a discount.

Indeed, the GM prefers to finish the season with three goaltenders rather than make gifts; that much is clear. But what kind of return is he expecting?

We know that the Maple Leafs offered a 6th-round pick to the Canadiens, and that's pretty much the best concrete offer that has been confirmed. It doesn't seem sufficient, but there's a detail that wasn't known.

The Leafs probably asked Kent Hughes to retain additional salary. That's where it gets interesting. According to Elliotte Friedman, it all depends on the salary retention.


"Montreal GM Kent Hughes said midway he could keep all three goalies for the rest of the season. Hughes set a price (thought to be a draft pick), but like Gibson, it varies with salary retention. (Jake Allen has one more year at $3.85M after this season.)"

So, without salary retention, Hughes might have accepted a 6th-round pick, but with retention, he wants nothing to do with it.

The trade deadline is exactly a month away. The GM of the Habs still has plenty of time to negotiate his price.

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Major: The price set by Kent Hughes for Jake Allen is now known, and it is directly related to salary retention

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