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Transaction between the New Jersey Devils and the Montreal Canadiens: Their number 1 goaltender is officially injured, and Jake Allen is an option

Published February 20, 2024 at 10:55 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Rumors of a possible trade involving Jake Allen have been abundant in recent weeks. To the extent that a journalist even went as far as to say it was confirmed towards the Colorado Avalanche.

Ultimately, that turned out to be false, but the rumors persist nonetheless. Other teams are also in search of a goaltender and have reportedly spoken to Kent Hughes. Among them were the Edmonton Oilers, but since their 16-game winning streak and Stuart Skinner's excellent performance, they no longer seem to be seeking goaltending help. Let's turn our attention to the New Jersey Devils instead.

On Tuesday, the team announced that their number 1 goaltender, Vitek Vanecek, has been placed on the injured list retroactively to February 10. Not only is Vanecek sidelined, but he is not having the expected season, and it's time to address the situation there.

As of writing these lines, the Devils are 4 points away from a playoff spot. Nothing is decided yet, but they clearly need help between the pipes if they want to catch up with the Red Wings and the Lightning.


Jake Allen could fit perfectly with their needs. The major drawback, once again, is his contract. The Devils would be stuck with Vanecek and Allen next season, in addition to having to sign Akira Schmid and Nico Daws, who will be restricted free agents this summer.

It will be interesting to see what strategy the organization adopts. One thing is certain; they clearly need the presence of a veteran like Allen if they hope to make a playoff push. The upcoming games will be crucial for them.

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