Surprise: Jake Allen as the 1 goalie for the Montreal Canadiens ahead of Samuel Montembeault against all odds?

Published September 23, 2023 at 9:02 PM

Now that the Canadiens' goaltending situation is settled with the transaction that sent Casey DeSmith to Vancouver, Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault can sleep peacefully.

They will start the season as the goaltending duo, and the debate can be reignited: who between Montembeault or Allen will get the most starts in 2023-2024?

Last year, the veteran had 41 starts compared to 39 for the Quebec goalie, but it can be said that Monty had better stats, and there's absolutely nothing to suggest that this will be different this season.

For many Canadiens fans, it's obvious that Montembeault should be the Canadiens' number one goalie this season, but as reported by Charles-Alexis Brisebois from, nothing is guaranteed.

In an article published in La Presse written by journalist Simon-Olivier Lorange, the organization never stated that the Quebec goalie would oust Allen as the number one goalie, even if Kent Hughes told him not to worry about his position following Casey DeSmith's arrival to the roster.

So, unexpectedly, could Allen be the #1 goalie?

But there has been no confirmation that Allen will be the number one, yet the journalist raised some points that give a slight advantage to the Quebec goalie.

In fact, he even wondered what Jake Allen's role will be this season, as he showed signs of slowing down last season and even described his season as miserable.

It must be said that Allen had struggled in the second half of the season, and it would be better for him to bounce back from the beginning of the season.

In conclusion, only Martin St-Louis will have the power to decide which goalie will get the most starts this season, and perhaps we can draw our conclusions about the status of the two Canadiens goalies.

For now, the Canadiens do not want to confirm that Montembeault is the #1 goalie. Interesting.

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Surprise: Jake Allen as the 1 goalie for the Montreal Canadiens ahead of Samuel Montembeault against all odds?

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