The Montreal Canadiens and general manager Marc Bergevin announced a trade on Wednesday.
The Canadiens have 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).
Bergevin said it would be a priority to find a reliable backup goalie for Price and it definitely looks like he just found it.
From the press release:
"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."
This is a big cap clearing move for the Blues who are trying to find someway to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo.
Canadiens acquire Jake Allen and a 7th-round pick in 2022 from the Blues in return for a 3rd- and 7th-round pick in 2020. ???? https://t.co/eREQ5RDOI0
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