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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen
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Canadiens to Trade Goalie to Conference Rival in the Coming Days? Jake Allen Has Officially Been Linked to Three Teams

Published January 12, 2024 at 6:04 PM
BY AARON

Since the beginning of the new year, there has been increasing buzz behind the scenes in the NHL about potential trades.

Of course, just because negotiations are happening doesn't mean they will definitely result in a deal, but it does shed light on the plans of different teams for the end of the season.

At the Montreal Canadiens, it's certain that Kent Hughes is looking to offload one of his goalies, most likely Jake Allen, but if the offers for Cayden Primeau are astronomical, it's clear that the GM would be listening.

In connection with the market for a goalie trade, a huge stroke of luck has just occurred for the Canadiens as three goaltenders were injured at the same time yesterday, namely John Gibson in Anaheim, Anton Forsberg in Ottawa, and Pyotr Kochetkov in Carolina.



Why is this interesting for the Canadiens?

As we have mentioned several times over the past few weeks, the Hurricanes are one of the teams that have shown the most interest in the services of Jake Allen.

They have serious problems in goal and the organization is looking for internal solutions, but with Kochetkov's recent injury, this might force the management to take action for a trade.

Frederik Andersen is still injured and currently, they only have Antti Raanta, who has not been stopping much this season and was even sent to the AHL recently.

Furthermore, the fact that Forsberg and Gibson were also injured is very relevant for Hughes, as these are two goalies whose names have been circulated in trade rumors.

Having two fewer options on the market significantly increases Allen's value for the Canadiens.

This is a crucial moment that could enable Kent Hughes to finally obtain the price he has set for his veteran goalie.
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