Jake Allen of Fredericton, New Brunswick has been traded from the St. Louis Blues to the Montreal Canadiens according to the Montreal Canadiens website.The Canadiens also acquire a seventh round draft pick in the 2022 National Hockey League Entry Draft, while the Blues acquire a third and a seventh round draft pick in the 2020 National Hockey League Entry Draft.
Allen has spent the last seven seasons with the Blues. He has a record of 148 wins, 94 regulation losses and 26 losses in extra time. Allen also has 21 shutouts, a goals against average of 2.50, and a save percentage of .913.
In 2019-20, Allen had a record of 12-6-3 with a goals against average of 2.15, save percentage of .927, and two shutouts. In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Allen has a career record of 11 wins and 12 losses, a goals against average of 2.06 and a save percentage of .924. Allen was also on the Blues team that won the Stanley Cup in 2019, although he only played one postseason game in backing up Jordan Binnington of Richmond Hill, Ontario.
For the Canadiens, Allen will be expected to backup Canadian Olympic gold medalist Carey Price of Vancouver, British Columbia. In recent years, the secondary goaltender position has been a genuine struggle for Montreal, and with Allen on board, he is expected to reduce Price’s workload. It will be interesting to see if Allen follows in the same path as Brian Elliott, who had a goals against average of 2.01 with the Blues and 2.80 not wit the Blues.