Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen
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Major Turnaround for Jake Allen: Insider Provides Massive Trade Update

Published February 8, 2024 at 10:32

For several weeks now, Jake Allen's name has often been involved in various trade rumors, whether with the Oilers, Hurricanes, Devils, or even the Kings. However, according to information reported by Pierre LeBrun at the beginning of January, Kent Hughes's demands would be huge, which would complicate a potential trade.

However, in the last few hours, a turnaround has occurred through Frank Seravalli. Indeed, the informant compiled a list of players who are most likely to be traded by the trade deadline, and the 33-year-old veteran is currently ranked 7th.

He also mentioned that the trade of Sean Monahan has allowed the CH's general manager to fully focus on the famous goaltender file. According to his sources, Kent Hughes would have explored the market to see what is currently happening, as he would be looking for a new team wishing to solidify its goaltender tandem.

Scoop: After trading Monahan, the Canadiens started shopping Allen this week to assess the goaltender market. One of the key aspects of the Monahan trade was not retaining any salary, which allowed keeping a spot for Allen - or to use it later at the deadline as a third party in a big trade.

The Canadiens know it's not ideal to go through the whole season with three goalies. They appreciate Cayden Primeau's progress. Allen is a veteran with a calming influence and a highly respected teammate and tandem partner. Now that Sam Montembeault has been extended, it's clear that the crease belongs to him in the long term, making Allen a goalie who can be traded to a team looking for experience and consistency.» - Frank Seravalli

He also added that, since the Canadiens did not retain any salary in the transaction with the Jets, Kent Hughes could retain part of Jake Allen's contract to facilitate a potential trade and possibly get a more attractive return.

Furthermore, Frank Seravalli mentions that if the Canadiens can't find a trading partner for the former St. Louis Blues goaltender, the CH's GM could use his last "retention slot" to help a team conclude a trade. He could agree to retain part of a player's salary to obtain a draft pick, much like he did with the Erik Karlsson trade last summer.

Certainly, Kent Hughes is a very busy man at the moment, and it would not be surprising if he concludes more transactions by March 8.

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