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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen with forward Brendan Gallagher and first overall pick Juraj Slafkovsky
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Jake Allen Officially Comments on His Imminent Trade: He Has Shared How He Really Feels About the Montreal Canadiens and It Appears He Wants to Stay in Montreal Through the Rebuild

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

It's no longer a secret, but it's just a matter of time before the General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens, Kent Hughes, trades one of his goaltenders, finally putting an end to the three-way logjam in the team's net.

Given that Samuel Montembeault will not be traded, having recently signed a three-season contract extension with the organization, the days of either Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau in Montreal might be numbered. However, the recent performances of the American goalie have been truly encouraging, suggesting that the 33-year-old veteran could potentially be on his way out.

Moreover, according to information reported by several renowned insiders, Kent Hughes is currently trying to find a new team willing to take on number 34. However, the Canadiens' General Manager reportedly has very high demands in the trade market, as he absolutely wants to obtain a significant return for his goaltender.

In this regard, in the last few days, Jake Allen agreed to speak with Renaud Lavoie to comment on the numerous trade rumors surrounding him, reiterating his desire to stay within the Montreal organization.


"I'm here to work and we'll see what happens. I don't want to be traded. I know I have no control over the situation, and I'm focused on doing my job when asked to play. I know the situation isn't perfect for anyone, but what makes things easier is that Samuel and Cayden have great personalities and if that wasn't the case, it's obvious that our interactions would be difficult." - Jake Allen

True to form, Jake Allen showed great class, not hesitating to praise the personalities of Samuel Montembeault and Cayden Primeau, even though the latter is currently in the process of stealing his spot in Martin St-Louis's lineup.

The goalie also confirmed that he had met with the Canadiens' General Manager before the holiday season to clarify his situation. Although he did not want to divulge the information discussed, he once again mentioned that he absolutely wants to remain a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

"Kent Hughes met with me a few days before Christmas to talk about my situation. In reality, there are many rumors about me, but that was also the case last summer and two years ago. No one came to me to talk about the possibility of these rumors materializing. I signed a contract extension knowing full well there would be ups and downs and this is where I want to play." - Jake Allen

It's worth noting that Jake Allen has a no-trade clause in his contract, giving him the power to refuse a trade to seven teams of his choice. This adds an extra dimension to negotiations and could influence, or even abort, a potential transaction involving the Canadiens' goalie.

Certainly, this will be a situation to watch closely until March 8!

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