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Surprise as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen placed on NHL waivers? This has officially been put forward as a possibility

Published February 13, 2024 at 10:37
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Following his very difficult outing against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday, during which he allowed 7 goals, veteran Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen is the subject of all sorts of speculation.

Most experts believe that the three-goalie situation must end, especially because it is greatly harming all three goaltenders. (including Cayden Primeau, who hasn't played in almost a month)

Jake Allen placed on waivers?



A suggestion that has just been put forward and is interesting to analyze.


"I understand he's a veteran and all, but we should consider the waiver option for Jake Allen. He has no trade value, and the three-goalie situation has lasted long enough. Cayden Primeau needs to get some time in the net to hope to develop." - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin


There would be three advantages to such a decision.

1- Give a real opportunity to Cayden Primeau for the rest of the season.

2- If Allen is claimed, it would free up a significant $4 million (or nearly) in cap space, allowing Kent Hughes to shop this summer. That has value.

3- It would finally put an end to the three-goalie situation.

On the downside, Kent Hughes would lose (for nothing) a veteran highly appreciated in the locker room and a goalie who had good trade value last year.

He would probably also lose the chance to get a mid-draft pick in a transaction involving Jake Allen.

And if it were your decision, what would you do?

Allen, 33 years old, has a record of 5-10-3 this season, with a 3.63 GAA and a .895 save percentage.
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Surprise as Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen placed on NHL waivers? This has officially been put forward as a possibility

If it were your decision, would you send Jake Allen to waivers?

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