Montreal made an unusual deal today.
Jake Allen who had a very nice bounce back year for the Blues was traded to the Habs for a 3rd and 7th rounder.
Okay, to be clear, 2018-19 the Habs missed the playoffs by a point and i wrote then and still believe with any type of mediocre backup goaltending they would have made the playoffs but Niemi screwed the pooch. Then this past year they rode Price too hard because Keith Kincaid, signed as a free agent bombed badly and Prime
Wow .... I see your point @yave1964, however, Allen only has 1 more year left on his current contract. (He is UFA for 21-22 season) The question remains, do the Habs resign him and if they do it could be for a lot less if he continues to back up Price. However I do agree, if Allen goes back into his 2017-19 form it could get ugly. Habs have to believe Allen >> Kinkaid.
Other than the obvious salary cap spending in goal between the two netminders, I actually see this as a low risk/high reward scenario for Montreal.
Looking at capfriendly, the Habs still have about 4.5 available in cap space AFTER this trade was made and if they REALLY need more space (Max Domi will require a new contract...their biggest 'gotta get paid guy'), they have a number of moveable contracts on the foward ranks.
But Allen will only be a bother to the cap for the upcoming season.
4.375 million for 20 starts and giving up a third-yikes. Agreed Montreal has had some of the worst backup tenders in thegame in recent years so i get it but their are so many UFA goalies this year, lots for half the money. I absolutely get it from the Blues standpoint, like i said Pietrangelo money fell into their lap and they got a third rounder as well, i get it from Montreal's as well but they could have signed a decent backup for half the money or allowed Primeau to get 20 starts. Just a cur
It will be more like 25 starts but yeah kind of pricey....but they need someone to get Price to around 55 starts and i must say i like it.
And the pick i wouldn't worry about they have like 700 picks collected...this is a good start to an offseason.