Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen and renowned NHL insider Elliotte Friedman
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Friedman Makes a Massive Statement on Jake Allen's Imminent Trade

Published January 1, 2024 at 5:04 PM

We are now in 2024, and unfortunately, a significant issue is still lingering on the desk of the Montreal Canadiens' General Manager since the beginning of the season, namely the three-goalie situation.

It's imperative that a move involving either Cayden Primeau or Jake Allen occurs sooner or later to resolve the situation weighing heavily on the organization.

Most observers and experts agree that the 33-year-old veteran should be the one to move by the March 8th deadline.

In relation to a potential trade, Elliotte Friedman mentioned that Kent Hughes had a fixed price to acquire one of his goalies, likely Allen.

The Canadiens' GM does not want to part with Allen without getting something interesting in return, whether in terms of the trade return or by solving another problem.

This might be the reason why Hughes hasn't yet found an agreement.

Expert Grant McCagg has made the significant assumption that this could involve having to take Joel Armia as well. In other words, Hughes would want to move Allen and Armia in a simultaneous trade, thereby resolving two issues at once by freeing up the Finnish player's contract.

He adds, however, that this could mean the Canadiens might then have to take back a contract or two. If this is the case, these are likely to be free agents at the end of the current campaign.

By doing this, Hughes would be liquidating the last year of Allen and Armia's contracts for next year, which would total a salary cap saving of $7.25 million. If he pulls it off, it will certainly be a major gain for the Montreal Canadiens.

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Friedman Makes a Massive Statement on Jake Allen's Imminent Trade

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