Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen and insider Elliotte Friedman
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Elliotte Friedman Drops a Bombshell on a Jake Allen Trade

Published January 19, 2024 at 6:34 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are unexpectedly still dealing with a three-goalie situation, even four months into the season. General Manager Kent Hughes has admitted to engaging in discussions with other teams to trade one of his goaltenders, but no deal has been finalized.

There are reports suggesting that Hughes' asking price for either Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau is too high, hindering the completion of a trade.

On the latest episode of the podcast "32 Thoughts," Elliotte Friedman revealed that a trade between the Edmonton Oilers and the Canadiens, involving Jake Allen, was very close to happening. However, a last-minute change in circumstances led to the deal falling through.

"There really was a moment this season when I thought Jake Allen was going to be traded to Edmonton, now I'm not so sure that's going to happen." - Elliotte Friedman

This confirms the numerous rumors that Ken Holland, the Oilers' General Manager, was interested in acquiring the 33-year-old veteran, Jake Allen.

However, Friedman also mentioned that the Oilers' twelve consecutive victories seemed to change the team's plans, making it unlikely that Allen is still a target for Holland.

It seems that the possibility of Allen moving to Edmonton by the trade deadline can now be ruled out.

It will be interesting to see if Kent Hughes can manage to trade one of his goaltenders to another NHL team.

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