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Monteal Acquires Jake Allen

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today that the team has acquired goaltender Jake Allen and a seventh-round pick in 2022 from the St. Louis Blues, in return for a third-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Washington) and a seventh-round pick in 2020 (previously acquired from Chicago).

Allen, 30, played 24 games with the Blues in 2019-20 and posted a 12-6-3 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .927 save percentage, while also earning two shutouts. The Fredericton, NB native also made five playoff appearances with St. Louis in 2020. Allen maintained a 2-1-1 record with a 1.89 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

Allen played 289 NHL career games, all with St. Louis. Drafted in 2008 by the Blues (2nd round, 34th overall), the 6'2", 203 lbs netminder has a 148-94-26 record since making his NHL debut. In career, Allen maintained a 2.50 GAA and a .915 save percentage.

The draft picks traded to the Blues had previously been acquired in the transaction sending Ilya Kovalchuk to the Washington Capitals (2020 3rd round pick - WSH) and in the one sending Andrew Shaw to the Chicago Blackhawks (2020 7th round pick - CHI).

added 12:16pm, St. Louis release is below.

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens.

In exchange, the Blues will receive two draft picks in the 2020 NHL Draft - Washington's third-round pick and Chicago's seventh-round pick, both of which were previously acquired by the Canadiens. The Blues will also send their seventh-round pick in 2022 to Montreal.

"I want to personally thank Jake for his dedication to the St. Louis Blues organization during his entire time as a Blue," said Armstrong. "He has always been a top-tier professional who has done everything we have asked of him. We wish Jake and his wife Shannon nothing but the best in Montreal."

Allen was drafted by the Blues in the second round (34th overall) in the 2008 NHL Draft. He has played his entire career with St. Louis, posting a 148-94-26 record and a 2.50 goals-against average and a .913 save-percentage in 289 career regular-season games.

Allen ranks second all-time in franchise history in shutouts (21), trailing only Brian Elliott (25).

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The Meal's avatar

And the setting of the ‘20-‘21 goaltending market begins…

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 09/02/20 at 11:50 AM ET


That seems cheap… Stevie must not very highly of him?  Or has someone else in mind?  (or if it was Holland, would be accused of being asleep at the wheel…)

Posted by DieByTheWing on 09/02/20 at 12:59 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

So they are counting on Binnington to re-find himself?

Posted by TreKronor on 09/02/20 at 01:07 PM ET

BladesOfSteel's avatar

Pretty much got Allen for a 3rd rounder. Imagine having 15M wrapped up in Goalies. Geez.

Who watching MON this playoffs thought the issue was not having a 4.5M backup? I think if I were a MON fan I’d be a little pissed thinking that money is better spent elsewhere, no matter how cheap it was to acquire him.

Wonder if MON is going to flip him for something else. Seems like an awlful lot cap space for a backup.

Posted by BladesOfSteel on 09/02/20 at 01:11 PM ET


Montreal is swimming in draft picks.

Allen’s stock is high.

It might give Montreal options - what happens if Price goes down?
It certainly lessens his workload and quality backups are ever more important it seems. I’d guess the pressure on him in Montreal is extremely high to start winning a playoff round or two. They can’t afford another season of…well our star goalie got hurt so….

But maybe Bergevin makes another move later if someone else
really likes Allen. Wouldn’t be the first time he moved around pieces like that.

Assume this was done by St. Louis to have a real chance at re-signing their captain.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/02/20 at 02:23 PM ET


And I assume Stevie doesn’t see Allen as so uniquely important right now
it’s worth the pick. Based on what he’s said, I’m guessing that getting and keeping as
many top 1-3 or so picks as possible is the priority over spending in UFA or trade
to add a veteran player. We’re a long ways away still.

But it’ll be interesting for sure to see whom we add in goal.
After Bernier I’m not even sure we have a legit #3 let alone a #2

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/02/20 at 02:27 PM ET


Right, so 23 million between two goalies and one D.  They can’t be considering keeping him.  Or they’re trading Price.  Ha ha ha ha ha ha.

Posted by dwgs on 09/02/20 at 03:14 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

The return on goalies is always so much less than I expect.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 09/02/20 at 05:40 PM ET

Primis's avatar

But it’ll be interesting for sure to see whom we add in goal.
After Bernier I’m not even sure we have a legit #3 let alone a #2

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/02/20 at 03:27 PM ET

Until the defensive corps is improved, I’m not sure it matters who is in goal.  Just plop some journeymen in there cheaply to bide their time…

Posted by Primis on 09/03/20 at 07:34 AM ET


The only reason I think we really need a solid number two or guy to platoon with
Bernier is we want the skaters to be able to play their positions and develop with
confidence and decent morale.

I agree it makes little sense to spend picks or make a major financial investment
to acquire an upgrade in goal - for now.

But, assuming it’ll be Pickard and Larsson in GR whenever they start up again, we do need a stabilizing goalie so there is a least a battling, competitive spirit on the team and veterans aren’t checked out and prospects aren’t hanging their heads and guys aren’t running around out of position. Guys need to have the confidence to stick to their roles and be able to take some chances and make some plays.

A weak goalie can be so deflating - it’s like learned helplessness almost: whatever you do, or don’t do, there goes the puck into the net again. And it’s gotta make it more difficult to keep playing hard (even with the best pros) and maintain structure when you don’t trust the goalie to make a save.

It’s more about learning good habits and developing confidence and having a competitive spirit than it is expecting to get anywhere anytime soon.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/03/20 at 09:57 AM ET


Unless Yzerman has a very high opinion of Lehner and Lehner wants to come to Detroit, I think we’ll be looking at a mid-level free agent goalie to pair with Bernier. I don’t see why they would give up picks when they need to keep using those to improve the organization as a whole.

There always seem to be 2nd tier goalies on the market every summer. It might be wise to stick with that until the team is really ready to compete.

Montreal’s expectations might be bit too early. I’ve always said that a team needs 2 quality goaltenders if they are serious contenders for the Cup. But I don’t think Montreal will be a serious contender for a couple more years. Being so tight to the cap and having other needs it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put so much in goaltending.

Posted by evileye on 09/03/20 at 10:51 AM ET


Exactly Lefty.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/03/20 at 01:01 PM ET


As someone who spent almost 20 years strapping on the pads and tending goal, I agree completely with Lefty30 about how deflating it can be to have a goalie who isn’t cutting it.  In the long run you can literally destroy the confidence and stunt the development of your young players.  There is no way to overstate how devastating it can be to any player, but especially the younger players who are still finding their way in the NHL, to be damned if you do and damned if you don’t because your goalie is in over his head.

From personal experience, I can say that the negative effect on the psyche of a team from the goalie giving up soft goals FAR outweighs the positive boost the team gets from a big save.  The exchange rate is about four to one, i.e. you need to make four great saves to make up for a soft goal or you are probably deflating your team.

Think about someone like Hronek, who was forced to play big minutes on a historically bad team, and ended up minus a million on the season as a result. If that happens year after year because they don’t have adequate goaltending, his confidence will erode and he will end up being a shell of what he might have been otherwise.

We need a solid goalie to pair with Bernier first and foremost, any other moves are secondary, in my opinion.

Posted by MikeO on 09/03/20 at 02:10 PM ET


That’s really interesting to hear, Mike.

I only ever played in low-level rec leagues for a
laugh with friends. So your insight is far better than mine.

But the fun of playing organized team sports is (or part of it is) no matter,
how low the level, you’re still trying really hard against a comparable level of
competition to make the big save, and to definitely not let your buddies down.
So, no matter how cheap your equipment, you’re still obsessing about vertical angles, and not dropping your glove hand, and reading plays. It’s just so much more
fun to win. You can still learn a lot when you get shelled.
But it gets old. It was really obvious to me when I was still learning the basics and D were worried too much about trying to help me out that it all fell apart. We got totally caved in. Likewise, if I tried too hard to do their jobs, I’d end up way out of position and let in bad goals.

It’s hilarious to compare what we did to anyone who is actually decent at hockey.
But those experiences are still so weirdly applicable.

Posted by lefty.30 on 09/03/20 at 02:30 PM ET


I’d be surprised if Yzerman didn’t realize he needs a solid golatender to PAIR with Bernier. This really isn’t a situation where they are just looking for a backup. A new goalie needs to capable of being a starter in case Bernier gets injured or falls back to previous performance levels.

But quality comes at a price. I wouldn’t mind seeing anything other than their 2 first choices traded for a goalie but anything more would go against the overall desire to get more depth in the organization. Right now they have more flexibility with their cap situation. Signing a UFA or taking on a short-term bad contract (but decent goalie) probably makes more sense.

Mrazek is gone and Howard is gone. Those are two goalies who I really thought killed a defenders confidence with their inconsistency. I don’t see the same problem with Bernier.

I honestly think they’ll have to weigh acquiring another solid goalie versus what else they can get because there are also still holes on offense and defense. I imagine a defender’s confidence can also be hurt when the offense can’t put up points.

Then, there is a question of how well do they really want to do this next season? If a good goalie means missing out on the draft lottery is that really a good decision for the long-term?

Posted by evileye on 09/03/20 at 02:51 PM ET


All those little mistakes dont end up in thr back of your net and you can learn from them while still having the motivation to win without them overwhelming you by always going in.  And hes on the ice 60 minutes.  Thats an important player.

Posted by ThatGuy on 09/03/20 at 07:59 PM ET

d ca's avatar

That seems cheap… Stevie must not very highly of him?  Or has someone else in mind?  (or if it was Holland, would be accused of being asleep at the wheel…)

Posted by DieByTheWing on 09/02/20 at 01:59 PM ET

Allen has 1 year left on his contract then becomes an UFA. So he’s only a rental player, hence the return. Not a lot of teams have openings for goalies let alone 4.35M for a cap hit of a 1B goalie…

2) The Kracken expansion draft means teams will want to trade goaltenders rather than lose them for nothing.

3) An unexpected flat cap means cuts need to be made somewhere on certain teams and having two starting goalies is an area of depth teams can cut from further limiting the prices of trades.

Why waste the asset when you have plenty of options of UFA goalies? Also, can wait on the market and get a goalie cheap from a team that needs to free up cap room.

Posted by d ca on 09/04/20 at 02:45 AM ET

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